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Legend's astonishing Dockers premiership call

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They may have finished 12th last season, but Western Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson has claimed...

They may have finished 12th last season, but Western Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson has claimed that Fremantle will win its first AFL premiership inside the next three years.

Fremantle were one of the feel-good stories of the 2020 season, outperforming expectations under new coach Justin Longmuir as they registered seven wins in a shortened season.

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Off the back of an impressive 2020, there is pressure on Longmuir's charges to climb the ladder and challenge for a top eight spot this season.

Johnson not only backed them to make it, but took an extra step.

"In the next three years they could win a flag," he told Fox Footy.

"I've got no doubt on this, because they've got a premiership defence building. When you've got (Alex) Pearce, (Joel) Hamling, (Brennan) Cox and (Luke) Ryan as the key four, (Ethan) Hughes will improve, (Nathan) Wilson will provide run out of there.

"The midfield will get back and support, their young players are starting to take the midfield by storm. (Caleb) Serong will do that, (Andy) Brayshaw's a growing player as well as (Adam) Cerra. The ruck is something that we might see evolve in the next couple of years.

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"We go to the stars, (Nat) Fyfe and (Michael) Walters – they're both 30 years of age. I think with the changing nature of their midfield, they will then start to push forward.

"That's the big question mark over the next couple of years to whether they can do it – and I think they can change it with Fyfe and Walters playing up forward more often."

Fremantle will look to get their 2021 campaign off to a positive start when they travel to Melbourne to take on the Demons at the MCG in Round 1.

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