COBDEN export Sean Darcy is ready to reclaim Fremantle's number one ruck mantle after a strong return to AFL ranks on Saturday.
Darcy was instrumental in the Dockers' 21-point win over Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium which lifted the Ross Lyon-led side back into the top eight.
The 201-centimetre, 111-kilogram colossus rucked the majority of the match against Power duo Scott Lycett and Paddy Ryder.
It was Darcy's first game in purple since round two, having spent time in the WAFL before injuring his ankle.
He was recalled in place of the injured Rory Lobb.
"It was a tough match. They're two quality players. I got through and my ankle pulled up very well so that was the main thing," Darcy told Fox Footy post game.
Fremantle, which was a point down at the final change, kicked 3.4 and kept Port Adelaide scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Darcy, in just his 18th match, was integral to the strong finish.
He said skipper Nat Fyfe (37 disposals) and All-Australian contender Michael Walters (25 disposals and six goals) encouraged him to fight on against the Power's ruck duo.
"It was good to play, especially with 'Fyfey' and 'Sonny', they're quality players and they were just with me all day telling me to 'keep going, you've done the work'," Darcy said.
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