Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has all but confirmed what many already knew, that former skipper Matthew Pavlich will retire at the end of the season.
Pavlich is just three games short of playing his 350th game for the Dockers, which would take some beating in the future given the way the game is heading.
A six time best and fairest winner, a six time All-Australian, and without question, Fremantle's best ever player, Pavlich would leave a big hole in the Dockers side.
"I don't think we'll take him to (the) Gold Coast (in round 18 but) he'll go to Darwin this weekend, and he's earned that right," Lyon said.
Lyon admitted that Pavlich's time is coming to an end.
"I don't think the body's wanting. I think it's probably in as good a shape in my time I've been there, but mentally, it's time for us to move on.
"If we were guaranteed up and going, he could maybe go (on) but he puts that much work to get himself up.
"It's a perfect time for Matthew to move on, for us and him."