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Duffield returns for Dockers
Fremantle Dockers debutant Cameron Sutcliffe. Picture: The West Australian.

UPDATED: Fremantle have recalled defender Paul Duffield for Sunday's clash with the Western Bulldogs as Nick Suban joins the list of outs for the club this week.

Stephen Hill has also been named to take on the Dogs after recovering from an ankle injury which saw him miss the past two matches. Antoni Grover, Kepler Bradley and debutant Cameron Sutcliffe also survived the cut and been named in the final 22.

Duffield was dropped after the club's loss to Adelaide in round 10 and has since displayed only patchy form for South Fremantle amid reports the WAFL club was disappointed with his attitude.

His return comes on the back of a 19-disposal effort in the Bulldogs' loss to Claremont at the weekend.

The substitution of Duffield for Suban suggest the two are competing for the one spot in coach Ross Lyon's defensive plans.

While they both started the season playing in the same side, Suban was dropped in round five and only made his return once Duffield was excluded.

Grover will play his first game of 2012 on Sunday while Bradley will play as Jonathon Griffin's support in the ruck for a game the Dockers need to win at Patersons Stadium to kick-start a run at the top eight.

Coach Ross Lyon confirmed on Friday that Sutcliffe would make his first AFL appearance.

He joins Lee Spurr, Hayden Crozier and Lachie Neale as other Dockers to have made their debuts this season.

Ruckman Zac Clarke, defender Alex Silvagni and Jayden Pitt were omitted along with Suban.

Only four players have played more than Grover's 201 games for Fremantle, but the 32-year-old could be excused for wondering if it was all over after calf and hamstring problems left him behind a handful of players in the tall defender pecking order.

Grover played strongly for Subiaco in the WAFL over the last three weeks to earn a recall.

The 20-year-old Sutcliffe played himself into contention with a best-afield 34 possessions and two goals at East Fremantle last weekend.

Clarke was dumped after having only six possessions against Collingwood last Saturday.

The Bulldogs dropped Liam Jones and Ryan Hargrave and ruled out Robert Murphy (hamstring) Dylan Addison (jaw) and Adam Cooney (soreness). They named Lindsay Gilbee, Nathan Djerrkura, Mark Austin, Jason Tutt, Ayce Cordy and Mitch Wallis.

Meanwhile, Griffin confirmed he wants to stay at Fremantle despite speculation he will be sought by clubs trying to boost their rucks.

"I barracked for Fremantle as a kid so I am very happy to be part of the footy club. My family is here so I am definitely settled here," he said.