Hill set to return to playing

Docker Stephen Hill is expected to make his long awaited AFL return next week.

Hill has been hampered by soft tissue injuries in the recent seasons, with a hamstring tear keeping the 31-year-old out of action so far this year.

He has not played in the AFL since round 18 last year and is expected to get some minutes for Peel Thunder in the WAFL next week.

Meanwhile, defender Joel Hamling may not play return this season.

Dockers coach Justin Longmuir told reporters on Thursday that there was always a chance he may not return.

"We hope that's not the case. But it's not progressing the way we want it to progress.

"I can't sit here and give a definitive time. He's got to progress his training over the next month and then we'll assess it from there."

Alex Pearce will play his third straight WAFL match this weekend and is expected to take the field for the full playing time.


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