Hawthorn veteran Isaac Smith has talked up Jonathon Patton after the previous No.1 decide kicked three objectives in Friday’s intraclub follow match at Waverley Park.
The previous GWS ahead hasn’t performed since spherical 15 of the 2018 season after present process a 3rd knee reconstruction.
However he appears to be like set to make his membership debut when Hawthorn kick off their AFL season towards Brisbane Lions on the MCG on Sunday, March 22, having supplied a robust bodily presence out of the aim sq. in moist circumstances.
“He was all proper, wasn’t he?” Smith informed reporters after the sport.
“He regarded good (for somebody) who hasn’t performed a sport in two years. He’s simply so massive, he’s onerous to get an arm round to spoil so that you’ve obtained to go excessive and he’ll draw free kicks.
“Hopefully he can have a superb season … I’m certain if he does, we’ll.”
Tom Mitchell took a significant step in direction of coming back from a damaged leg in spherical one, the gun midfielder rising unscathed from the follow match.
The 2018 Brownlow Medal winner missed all of final season after he broke the tibia and fibula in his left leg throughout a coaching session in January.
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Mitchell began within the weaker line-up carrying blue guernseys then swapped to the stronger orange group earlier than calling it a day after three quarters.
The 26-year-old moved effectively and gathered loads of possessions within the moist.
“He began within the twos and made his approach into those so he will need to have obtained just a few touches,” a smiling Smith mentioned.
“It’s simply good to see him again. He’s been shifting fairly effectively since Christmas. Who is aware of when he’ll be again, however he’s on the market doing every part, which is sweet.”
Smith was additionally among the many higher performers on the bottom, together with James Worpel, Tom Scully and James Sicily.
It wasn’t all excellent news for the Hawks, nonetheless, with younger tall Jacob Koschitzke leaving the bottom cradling his left shoulder after he was taken to floor in a robust sort out.
Jack Gunston and Jaeger O’Meara didn’t play, with Gunston telling the group he’s hopeful of recovering from ankle surgical procedure in time for spherical one.
O’Meara mentioned that he was rested and will play subsequent Thursday’s pre-season sequence match towards St Kilda.
– with 7NEWS