GWS coach Leon Cameron has backed in-form tagger Matt de Boer to shut down returning Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe in Saturday's AFL clash at Manuka Oval.
De Boer has been sensational shutting down Richmond's Dustin Martin and Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield in the past two weeks, and the 29-year-old has Fyfe - a third Brownlow Medallist - in his sights.
Cameron re-signed de Boer last week and said the the former Dockers' midfielder had proved pivotal in the Giants' 3-1 start to the season.
"When a player is at the top of his game, there's nothing better to watch, but he also understands that last week is gone and he comes up against a huge challenge in his old team this week," Cameron said.
"Matty de Boer's greatest strength is his ability to play on two or three (players). I know people talk about what he's done over the past month but its not just been on one particular player.
"They've all been good players and Fremantle are no different. You've got Fyfe, (David) Mundy, (Michael) Walters - it's a really good midfield and there's a number of players Matty will come up against.
"The thing we like about Matty is he's really really flexible. He's got a really steely mindset and he can switch in and out of roles (and play forward)."
Cameron believes Fremantle were the better side in last week's derby loss to premiers West Coast and said they'd only get better with Fyfe's return from concussion.
"Fremantle were really good against the Eagles and probably should have won, if I'm being totally honest, and anyone who beats the West Coast Eagles are in pretty good form, so we know we're up against it," Cameron said.
"We all know what (Fyfe) is capable of. It's not just his ball-winning ability at ground level ... his ability to go forward and catch the footy but equally around the midfield to catch the ball."
The Giants lost co-captain Callan Ward (knee) for the season in a four-point win against Geelong last week and Cameron said the star midfielder couldn't be replaced.
Pundits said the GWS premiership window closed at the end of last season but Cameron wasn't getting carried away with their strong start.
"You don't really find out until rounds eight to 10 where each side is lining up and some make a late dash but all we can control is our start. We're happy with 3-1, which is great, but I'd prefer to be 4-1," Cameron said.
Australian Associated Press