Former Fremantle and North Fremantle great Peter Bell has slammed claims made in the media saying he called the environment at the Dockers “horrid”.
The Sunday Times reported Bell, who joined the Fremantle board this year, said the environment at Fremantle was “horrid” after he reacted to a comment by football commentator Kim Hagdorn on Radio 6PR’s Saturday Morning at the Football.
Hagdorn claimed some Dockers’ players enjoyed heading back to Peel to play to get away from the “uncomfortable” environment at the Dockers.
But Bell told WAtoday he was referring to the Dockers woeful results this year, with Fremantle only winning three games so far.
“I understand it’s tough, but if that is true…if there are players who are relieved to be playing WAFL, I think that says a bit about them too,” he told Radio 6PR.
“I know it’s a brutal game and it’s a ruthless game and things are horrid at Fremantle. I’m not making any excuses for that, but I don’t know I couldn’t ever fathom a stage in my career where I would be relieved to be playing WAFL.”
Bell sent a statement to veteran broadcaster and former Fremantle board member Bob Maumill to read out on his Radio 6PR Sunday morning show.
“Regarding his comments on the back page they were in relation to Fremantle’s horrid results and season, not a horrid environment as attributed to him in the Sunday Times,” he said.
It’s no secret there has been rumblings of discontent within the playing group at Fremantle after the club’s disastrous performance on the field this year.
It’s understood up to 15 players could be moved on at the end of the season, with Fremantle desperate to rebuild its list.
Fiery forward Hayden Ballantyne could be leading the charge of players heading elsewhere with rumours he could be lining up for the Bomber next year.
And even superstar Nat Fyfe said only days ago he wouldn’t commit to the club if he didn’t think Fremantle was heading in the right direction.
Michael Barlow, Nick Suban, Garrick Ibbotson, Alex Silvagni, Clancee Pearce and Tendai Mzungu could all be used as trade bait as Fremantle looks at seriously overhauling its list.