The Hawthorn Hawks seem to have sent Brad Hill to the Fremantle Dockers with impeccable timing.
Hill was a member of three Hawks’ premiership sides and was sent west for the 23rd pick in the draft following the 2016 season.
Hill was not a total bust for the Dockers by any stretch of the imagination. He was the side’s best and fairest following 2017 and he had the best season of his six-season career, achieving high water marks in almost every category save goals. In 22 appearances for the Dockers last season, he averaged 23.54 disposals per game and booted 13 majors.
He joined his brother Stephen at the Dockers and claimed the Doig Medal for 2017.
Recent news out of the Fremantle Football Club camp, however, reveals that Hill has sustained an injury to his right quadriceps muscle and will require scans to determine if he will be available when the Dockers line up for their Round 1 match against Port Adelaide in South Australia on March 23.
Hopefully, this is just a blip on the radar for the speedy midfielder, but his availability is for the moment the subject of speculation.
According to Fremantle general manager of football operations Chris Bond, “Once we get the result of the scans we will be better placed to determine the extent of the injury and whether or not that impacts Bradley’s availability for selection for round one.”
Training injuries of this sort are they bane of players, coaches and fans, particularly when they happen just ahead of the opening of the season, but they seem an inevitable part of the game, so long as lists are in a state of flux while younger players fight for a spot amongst the seniors.
The Dockers can ill-afford to lose anyone at this stage. Despite Hill having a career season in 2017, the Dockers finished well down the ladder in 14th position, recording just 32 premiership points, well below the 48 it would have required to secure a place in the top eight.