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Dockers part ways with Peter Sumich

  • Dockers part ways with Peter Sumich

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: Peter Sumich of the Dockers looks on during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium on August 07, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Peter Sumich's time at Fremantle has come to an abrupt end, with the assistant coach and the AFL club agreeing to mutually part ways on Monday.

Sumich had already told the club he would be leaving at the end of the season.

But the departure was brought forward after media reports surfaced about Sumich's decision to leave.

It's unclear what Sumich has planned for the future.

Sumich, a dual premiership player with West Coast, joined Fremantle in 2011 as an assistant coach.

It was a role he had held at the Eagles for the previous 11 seasons.

Fremantle football operations manager Chris Bond said the decision for Sumich to leave immediately allowed both parties to better plan for the future.

"From the club's perspective it provides us with an earlier opportunity to finalise our coaching structure for 2017," Bond said.

"Peter brought a wealth of football knowledge and experience with him when he joined Fremantle in 2011, and has made a significant contribution to the progress and development of the club during the past five seasons."

Sumich became an important part of Fremantle's coaching set-up once Ross Lyon was appointed in the senior role.

"I certainly appreciated having someone with Peter's football nous and experience as part of the coaching team when I first joined the club," Lyon said.

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