ONE of the unsung heroes behind the Fremantle Dockers is former Tasmanian Chris Bond.
Bond, 44, is the general manager of football operations and has played an integral role in the development of the club over the past seven years culminating in Saturday's AFL grand final against Hawthorn.
``We are part of the national competition and we've worked hard to reach the finals for the second year in a row,'' he told ifThe Examiner.nf
Bond said he never guessed he would end up in a senior administrative role with an AFL club when he began playing as a junior at Wynyard in the 1980s.
``I started out with the aim of working as hard as I realistically could but with no real vision of where it would take me,'' he said.
Bond was selected by Carlton in the 1989 national draft and after 22 games switched to Richmond where he was the best and fairest winner in his last season.
In 1998 he was traded to Fremantle in exchange for an early draft pick where his experience and consistency was rewarded with the captaincy in 1999.
Bond returned to Victoria after retiring as a player and moved into coaching firstly with Werribee in the VFL and then as an assistant to Rodney Eade with the Western Bulldogs.
``In 2007 the opportunity arose to be general manager of Fremantle's list development and two years later I became football operations manager,'' he said.
Bond is responsible for most activities involving the coaches and players and on Saturday will have an important role on the bench.
He will supervise Fremantle's interchange moves throughout the game and although it appears a hectic and high pressure job, Bond has full confidence in the players.
``It becomes second nature to the players, they know what they are doing,'' he said.
Bond said Fremantle had a good support staff to back the club's first attempt at winning the premiership.
Bond said he and his wife Gina, son Louis, 13, and daughters McKenzie, 10, and Remy, 7, were well settled in Fremantle where they enjoyed the Western Australian lifestyle.