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"What will be, will be" Barlow on his career, makes contact with Bulldog Mitch Wallis

  • "What will be, will be" Barlow on his career, makes contact with Bulldog Mitch Wallis

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7: Michael Barlow of the Dockers is unhappy with a free kick during the 2016 AFL Round 07 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the GWS Giants at Domain Stadium, Perth on May 7, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow says he is looking at Plan A, B, C and D as the year comes to a close on the Dockers season, as well as Barlow's current contract. 

The Dockers are suddenly in rebuild mode and may look at moving the 28 year old midfielder on from the team to get draft picks or younger talent into the team for the 2017 season. 

Barlow was dropped mid year by coach Ross Lyon before returning to form during Fremantle's three wins during the middle of the season and hasn't looked out of sorts since. 

"You've got to look at the plan A, B, C and D," Barlow said.

"That's what my management is in place for to be assured of a career going forward. Because I'm really confident of my body and my form, especially the last 10 weeks and the way I've held myself and conducted myself.

"I'm 28 years old, as I said, I'm really confident, my mind is really fresh, I'm disappointed with the latest set-back but the legs will stay nice and healthy.

"What will be will be because we know it will be an interesting time at Fremantle."   

Barlow has also reached out to Western Bulldogs midfielder Mitch Wallis who suffered a horrific broken leg two weeks ago, which Barlow himself knows all too well about, after breaking his leg in 2010. 

Wallis is now ten days post surgery and says the surgeon is happy with his slow progression.

"I met with the surgeon yesterday, David Young," Wallis said when he was being interviewed during Barlow's new podcast titled Out of Bounds.

"I think that was 10 days post-operation. He was very happy with how the bones had aligned and began to knit, which is a good thing.

"They've put me in this big Cam Walker boot, which they reckon is revolutionary.

"I go into the club later this week to talk to the physios and the rehab staff to start getting a program together." 

Barlow said he just needed to do his due diligence and reach out to Wallis to pass on any support he could.

"I felt a bit of due diligence to contact both those guys when it happened because I got such tremendous support from guys that had gone through a similar injury when I'd done it," Barlow said.

"I got a lot of advice and continue feed in anything I can with Mitch. I think he's pretty optimistic and so he should be because if not a natural athlete like myself can get back playing at some sort of level a guy like Mitch should be up and running pretty quickly and go well."   

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