Fremantle speedster Stephen Hill says he is in full training and will be available for next weekend’s opening NAB Cup fixture.
The 22-year-old was in the rehab group prior to Christmas after off-season shoulder surgery but has ramped up training in recent weeks.
“I am in full training now and the body is feeling good,” Hill said today following a grueling two and a half hour session at Fremantle Oval.
“I have had a bit of a cleanup with my shoulder just to get it right but everything went right so (I’m) training fully now and I am feeling pretty fit.”
Hill said his late start to pre-season was the reason he was not traveling to Alice Springs with his Aboriginal teammates for the indigenous All-Stars camp this week.
Five Fremantle players will attend the camp while Jonathon Griffin and Josh Simpson have been cleared to play for the All-Stars against Richmond on Friday.
“It would have been good to get out there amongst the indigenous boys but Freo are number one and I need to get my fitness back up and make sure I am playing round one,” Hill said.
“They (the club) just sort of mentioned you know you have missed a bit so I think it is just best to stay around and make sure I train and get match fitness into me.”
The midfielder said he hadn’t really thought about the prospect of having Lance Franklin play at Fremantle after he put off contract talks with Hawthorn.
“I guess any club would like to have him, he is a great player,” he said.
Fremantle had close to a full squad for this morning’s intensive session.
Captain Matthew Pavlich made a brief appearance doing ball work away from the main group, as did Doig medallist Ryan Crowley.Star midfielder David Mundy did not make an appearance after he injured his ankle during training last week.