Dashing Fremantle midfielder Anthony Morabito took another step towards resuming in the AFL with a convincing return in the Peel reserves against Perth at Brownes Stadium today.

Morabito is on the way back from a knee reconstruction after injuring himself at a pre-season training session in 2010.

The Dockers’ first pick and No.4 overall at the 2009 national draft, Morabito played 23 games in his rookie season before being injured.

Morabito moved freely in three quarters today, showing no signs of the injury which made him a spectator for all of last season.

The athletic 20-year-old, who had a thin layer of tape under his left knee, brushed off any physical confrontation with ease and was involved in play regularly.

Morabito had the second highest possession tally on the ground at half time and finished with 10 kicks, five handballs, four marks, two inside 50s and a goal to be a useful contributor in the Thunder’s 62-point victory.

Demons league regular Brett Hodge was assigned the task of running with Morabito, who had experienced WAFL players Matt Battye, Mat Brown, Bryce Thornton, Rob Beswick and Jacob Williams as teammates as well as Port Melbourne recruit Mitchell Keddell.

Morabito did enough to suggest he might line up in Peel’s next league match against East Fremantle at Mandurah’s Bendigo Bank Stadium next Saturday.

“I’m very very happy with the way I pulled up and how I got through,” Morabito said.

“For me the main thing was to get through the game.”

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