Midfielder Paul Hasleby has succumbed to a back injury and has been ruled out of Fremantle’s clash with Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.

Hasleby was sore during the win over North Melbourne at Subiaco Oval last Sunday but played through the pain and was expected to available for duty this weekend.

However, the veteran is still troubled by the complaint and the Dockers have decided to give the 198-game player a rest this week.

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey was confident Hasleby would only be sidelined for one match.

However, Harvey had brighter news about Michael Barlow (hamstring) and Alex Silvagni (ankle), both of whom are set to return to AFL ranks on Saturday.

Harvey also praised the AFL and competition expansion clubs Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney for their unique recruiting tactics in luring Karmichael Hunt and Israel Folau to the code.

He said Parramatta NRL player Fuifui Moimoi would be a crowd favourite if he made the transition to rugby league.

But Harvey said the Dockers weren’t looking to convert an athlete from another code and were instead focused on developing their younger players. 

Midfielder Paul Hasleby has succumbed to a back injury and has been ruled out of Fremantle’s clash with Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.

Hasleby was sore during the win over North Melbourne at Subiaco Oval last Sunday but played through the pain and was expected to available for duty this weekend.

However, the veteran is still troubled by the complaint and the Dockers have decided to give the 198-game player a rest this week.

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey was confident Hasleby would only be sidelined for one match.

However, Harvey had brighter news about Michael Barlow (hamstring) and Alex Silvagni (ankle), both of whom are set to return to AFL ranks on Saturday.

Harvey also praised the AFL and competition expansion clubs Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney for their unique recruiting tactics in luring Karmichael Hunt and Israel Folau to the code.

He said Parramatta NRL player Fuifui Moimoi would be a crowd favourite if he made the transition to rugby league.

But Harvey said the Dockers weren’t looking to convert an athlete from another code and were instead focused on developing their younger players.

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