Matt Taberner looking to take next step for Fremantle in 2015

Matt Taberner4If Fremantle coach Ross Lyon could get a breakout year from any player on his list, it’s a fair bet he would choose Matt Taberner.

The 198cm former rookie draft pick showed exciting glimpses late last season, earning a Rising Star nomination in Round 22 against Brisbane, before going missing in the finals.

The Dockers have big hopes for hulking youngster Michael Apeness, but the 20-year-old key forward had little influence in the recent intra-club and NAB Challenge games and still looks a way off.

Having played 13 games in two seasons, 2015 is the year for Taberner, 21, to cement a permanent spot in attack alongside skipper Matthew Pavlich but at the other end of the ground, it’s also time for a new face.