Dunsborough football product Ben Stratton is set to return from injury to play in Hawthorn’s first qualifying final against Geelong on Friday night.
The 27-year-old defender hasn’t played since injuring his pectoral muscle against Melbourne in round 20 but proved his fitness this week by surviving Tuesday’s training session and a light run on Thursday morning.
While the final lineup for Friday’s game is yet to be released by the club, Stratton is all but set to be recalled alongside midfielder Ben McEvoy as Hawthorn look to claim a fourth straight AFL premiership.
Stratton has already played four AFL grand finals for the Victorian-based club, claiming three premiership medals.
Before joining Hawthron, Stratton played for the Augusta-Margaret River Hawks in the South West Football League.