Fremantle full-back Zac Dawson says Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin would be welcome at the Dockers but hasn't spoken to his former teammate about his plans post 2013.

Franklin, who will become a restricted free agent at the end of this season, fuelled speculation about his future when he decided to suspend contract talks with the Hawks until the end of the season.

Dawson, who was drafted to Hawthorn the year before Franklin, said any club would be better off with the star forward in the team.

"Obviously anyone would like to have him at their footy club so it will be his decision and he will have to make that when the time is ready," he said.

Dawson said he would talk up the benefits of being at Fremantle but believed his friend was now a Melbourne person, despite coming from Perth.

"His family and all that are over there and I think he is pretty settled," he said.

"It will be his decision at the end of the year, whatever he wants to do.

"Anyone who has kicked 100 goals in the past or has kicked 100 goals in any year is a bonus.

"You would find a way (to fit him in your team), you would play him at centre half-back if you had to."

Dawson expects to play against Carlton this Saturday night as he continues to build match fitness for round one.

"I will probably play every game from now on," he said.

"I had a pretty easy run before Christmas so up until the season now I will probably have to play most matches."

The 27-year-old said he was interested to see how Carlton played under new coach Mick Malthouse.

"He always had a good coaching style, always had a tough brand of footy to play against, especially in the Collingwood years when we (St Kilda) were playing grand finals against them.

"It's going to be expected that he is going to take that style to Carlton and they have got a talented list so I am sure it will be pretty positive for them."

Captain Matthew Pavlich and club champion Ryan Crowley trained strongly this morning and could be ready to make their first appearance for 2013 against the Blues.

Michael Walters, who injured an ankle in Adelaide on the weekend, did ball work with fellow small forward Hayden Ballantyne away from the main group.

There was no sign of star midfielder Stephen Hill after he suffered a slight shoulder injury against the Crows on Saturday.

Forward Chris Mayne walked laps as he continues his recovery from the ankle injury he sustained against Geelong a fortnight ago.

The West Australian

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