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Docker dilemma: Ruck star or best foot forward?

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PART of the reason Fremantle recruit Rory Lobb preferred the Dockers over West Coast was his desire to spend more time in attack. 

But the 206cm giant accepts if Freo keeps playing the brand of football seen against his previous club Greater Western Sydney, his immediate future could be leading the ruck.

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Lobb produced a competitive effort opposed to former coach Shane Mumford in Canberra on Saturday, and his ability to get around the ground gives the Dockers a different look compared to youngster Sean Darcy, whose strength is his tap work.

Since Darcy was forced out by quad soreness in round three, Lobb has been the No.1 big man and found a niche after struggling to get into the game in his first two outings in purple. 

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"I'm just playing my role for what the team needs at the time," Lobb said.

"The boys are playing really well up forward, and we're going really well in the middle at the moment.

"Whatever I can do for the team, I stand up and do. 

"I don't know what's going to happen yet, whether we go back to another ruck and I go back forward. 

"If we keep winning, it's where I play for now." 

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Lobb has averaged 15 disposals and 24 hitouts in the past three games, and still managed to hit the scoreboard with two goals.

His aerobic ability and contested marking is one of his strengths as a forward target, but also makes him a weapon around the ground for Ross Lyon. 

"That's (running capacity) why I feel like I should be that forward player, but being able to run off and get a bit more of the ball through the middle has really helped," Lobb said.

"I feel like that's where I've played my best footy in my past (in attack).

"I've played a fair bit of ruck of late, but whatever the team needs." 

The Dockers have topped the ton twice this season with a mixture of forwards in the line-up and showcased plenty of flair against North Melbourne in round one and the Giants. 

Cam McCarthy bagged five goals against the Roos but missed the GWS win due to illness, however Jesse Hogan and Matt Taberner combined for six goals and 27 marks in his absence. 

A fitter Brandon Matera, suspended for the season opener, also continued his resurgence with a team-high four majors, and the Dockers' improved firepower is raising hopes of a return to September action for the first time since 2015.

"It's a long way off (finals). I know how long the season is," Lobb said. 

"We feel like we've been in every game this year. Play a strong defensive game and the offence will come. 

"We're getting that connection with Jesse and Taberner up forward, it's been good." 

McCarthy was on light duties on Tuesday but Connor Blakely continued to push for a senior call-up after overcoming a nasty hamstring injury suffered in January. 

"Obviously that adds to (David) Mundy and (Nat) Fyfe in there, those big-bodied midfielders, hitting it down (to them) and scrapping our way," Lobb said.

"He's been so positive throughout his rehab, so it will be really good to see him back out there.

"I'm not sure what they're going to go with but the way he's training and moving around he looks unreal.

"Whether they put him in the twos or bring him in, I'm confident he'll get the job done."