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"I don't deal in hypotheticals": Freo mentor mum on McGovern

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is keeping mum on the club’s chances of securing out-of-contract Adelaide star Mitch McGovern, saying it’s inappropriate to talk about it.

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Both West Coast and Fremantle are in the hunt to lure McGovern, who was born in Western Australia.

Although McGovern’s brother Jeremy plays for the Eagles, Fremantle are expected to offer a more lucrative deal than West Coast given their desperate need for another marking forward.

It’s even been reported both McGovern brothers could end up at the Dockers.

Fremantle’s spearheads have struggled badly this season.

Although Cameron McCarthy is expected to become a key feature of Fremantle’s forward line for many years to come, the jury is still out on Shane Kersten.

Matt Taberner faces a fight just to stay on Fremantle’s list beyond this season, with his future looking increasingly glum.

McGovern looms as a perfect inclusion for Fremantle.

The 191cm-forward showcased his aerial potential last week with a sensational pack grab in the dying moments of Adelaide’s draw with Collingwood.

His marking power is the sort of stuff Lyon would be dreaming about, but the coach was keeping tight-lipped when questioned about McGovern yesterday.

“It’s really difficult, I don’t really deal in hypotheticals,” Lyon said.

“But it’s really not my role and it’s certainly not an appropriate time, with respect.”

Clubs are allowed to speak with players from rival clubs, but they can’t enter into any official arrangements until the end of the season.

The Crows also face a fight to retain defender Jake Lever, who is being chased by the Demons, Magpies and Bulldogs.

-AAP

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