FREMANTLE skipper David Mundy says the Dockers can bounce back quickly, despite coach Ross Lyon warning last week that a rebuild could take four years.
The Dockers had been bullish throughout the season about their ability to bounce back from a disastrous year to be competitive again in 2017.
But Lyon reined in the rhetoric on Friday when he used the Western Bulldogs' four-year build from preliminary finalists in 2010 to playing finals again in 2015 as an example of how long the Dockers' regeneration could take.
Mundy disagreed with that on Monday, believing the club could rebound quickly from a season that produced just four wins.
"No, I certainly see our growth as potentially bouncing back really quickly," Mundy said.
"I have full faith in our board and our coaches and senior management at the club, and our senior players and core group are still a really strong and united group," he said.
"Certainly the age where I find myself in, I'm determined to drive that group to try and bounce back as quickly as we can."
Mundy, 31, said it wasn't uncommon for he and Lyon to have a different view to his coach.
"I think [Lyon] was just highlighting some examples (where) in the past it has potentially taken a little bit longer," he said.
"I've got different opinions about a number of things than Ross and that may just be one. All I know is that we're working really hard together to try and make sure that the rebuild, or the bounce, is as quick as it can be and we're back playing finals football as soon as we can be. That's what we're here for."
The Dockers' leadership group is set to meet with the coaching staff to present the players' thoughts on what change during the pre-season to ensure the Dockers improve.
"A few things have been highlighted through the media about ball movement and training structures and pre-season emphasis, and we're just really meeting with the coaches to give a players' perspective," Mundy said.
"We've garnered the opinions of our group and we'll just deliver those. Hopefully they can be incorporated into our program to help us all grow and improve together."
A shift to doing more skill and ball movement work last summer came at a cost of some core running that had an impact on the group's overall fitness levels.
Lyon also delegated far more of teaching of the ball movement strategy last summer but it appears likely he will take greater control of pre-season sessions ahead of 2017.
Meanwhile, Mundy wants to remain captain for next year despite the Dockers' disastrous results during his first season in the job.
He took over this year after Matthew Pavlich stood down from the role he had held since 2007.
"I take great pride and honour in being the captain of this football club," he said.
"Again, it's player-elected and they'll choose that early next year, I assume. But I've really enjoyed my time as captain and would really love the challenge of going again."
Mundy admitted there were no guarantees, as he expected the player-led voting process to remain the same, and he assumed Nat Fyfe would be in the mix again.
The Dockers desperately need to find some younger leaders as Fyfe, 24, is the only member of this year's six-man leadership group under the age of 29.
Mundy cited Lachie Neale and Alex Pearce as two likely candidates to step up.