Few experts have tipped Greater Western Sydney to challenge for AFL silverware this season but coach Leon Cameron isn't buying talk of a premiership window being shut.
The Giants reached a maiden grand final in 2019 with a battle-hardened side before a dramatic fall to 10th last year.
Fielding nine players with fewer than 15 games experience, they suffered a narrow home defeat to St Kilda in round one this season.
The list included first-round draft pick Tanner Bruhn and Matt Flynn on debut.
Cameron conceded the Giants had a "poor" season in 2020 but isn't hiding his expectations of a regenerating team before they clash with Fremantle at Optus Stadium.
"We want to play finals footy this year - we're not going to shy away from that," Cameron said.
"We're disappointed that we didn't get off to the start that we wanted in round one, but whether you're young or mature-age is irrelevant.
"I'm not really big into this 'premiership window' because we've seen a lot of sides that have come from 13th, 14th and 15th in the space of one year or two years to compete for the flag.
"We've seen over the weekend with a number of teams that youth can do enormous things and we've got a lot of players under that 15-game mark and we're really excited by what they can do for us."
Giants small forward Brent Daniels will return from a hamstring injury against the Dockers on Sunday and Jake Riccardi (ankle) is a chance to recover from an ankle injury in time.
But Jesse Hogan (quad) is unlikely to be fit to play against his former club.
Cameron was buoyed by elements of a competitive performance against St Kilda, but conceded the Giants' tackling and ball movement need work.
GWS had 10 more forward entries and two more scoring shots than the Saints in a match that wasn't decided until the final few minutes.
"We did a lot right and played the game in our front half, we just didn't take those big moments and St Kilda did," Cameron said.
"But you have to be careful with turning everything upside down after one week.
"We had it in there, and we had shots on goal, but some of our movement going inside 50 needed to be a little bit better."