Hurting Freo brace for off-season movement

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Hurting Fremantle will lick their wounds from their AFL finals exit before turning their attention towards a bumper off-season of player movement.

The Dockers suffered a 11.13 (79) to 9.5 (59) semi-final loss to Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday night.

Melbourne ruck young gun Luke Jackson is expected to request a trade to Fremantle while Dockers Rory Lobb, Blake Acres and Griffin Logue have all been linked to moves to Victoria.

Coach Justin Longmuir expected prompt answers on Lobb, Acres and Logue's respective futures.

"We've got the players for at most another week, then they're off on holidays, so I'd imagine we'll get some answers soon and we'll work through that," he told reporters.

"Trade period starts the week after the granny and we want to make sure we're ready for that.

"So those conversations will happen next week or so, I'd imagine."

Longmuir was unwilling to elaborate on when Fremantle would expect an answer from Jackson.

"These things will work itself out," he said.

"I just don't know whether now's the right time to be talking about it. I'm sure there'll be opportunities once the dust settles to talk about list management decisions."

The third-year coach said the loss showed his players the level they needed to find at the pointy end of the season.

"Hopefully, they can really thrive off the experiences throughout the year, but especially the last couple of weeks and really use that to drive them in the off-season and drive them in the pre-season," he said.

"We've got a lot of growth in a lot of individuals on our list so if they can use these experiences to help motivate them to get back here, it's gonna be great for us."

Fremantle will miss retiring veteran David Mundy but Longmuir expected skipper Nat Fyfe to bounce back next year after an injury-interrupted 2022.

Fyfe never really got going after off-season shoulder and back surgery and missed finals with a hamstring strain.

"I am really confident he can get back to his best," Longmuir said.

"That's obviously driven by his body but we've seen some good signs that he's got a lot of things right with his back and knees and what-not.

"So get on top of the soft tissue stuff and give him a really good pre-season, which he should have - he could have possibly played next week or the week after, so he's close to being in good health - and that will set him up really well for the off-season."