Matt Taberner says narrowing his focus to competing and lifting his work rate has prompted his upswing in form in the second half of 2017.
Taberner's career appeared at the crossroads mid-season when the out-of-contract 199cm big man was dropped back to Peel after five AFL games.
But the 24-year-old Victorian forced his way back into Freo's attack following a string of dominant WAFL performances.
In the final three AFL rounds he reminded everyone of his talent and aerial prowess – averaging 14 disposals, nearly eight marks and a goal.
Now he is gearing up for a key role in Peel's push for back-to-back premierships, and has put contract talks with Fremantle on hold until after the Grand Final.
"I haven't spoken with management yet. I think we're just waiting for the end of the finals series and we'll see what happens," Taberner said.
"There's no real progress at the moment, but I've obviously been at Fremantle for a while now and I'm pretty settled.
"We've got a good group of boys and I'm close with everyone, so it's a good place to be."