Injury troubles over: Hill
Two games back from an ankle injury that kept him out of the side for two games, Stephen Hill says he’s feeling fine and is confident he’s over the issue.
The exciting midfielder first hurt the ankle in the round 11 win over Richmond, when he played through the pain to help Freo register an important win.
He missed the next two games but has returned for Freo’s past two wins over the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne.
“It’s feeling good,” he said.
“The ankle has been pulling up well from both the games and I’m really confident with it now.”
Hill said his trademark pace hadn’t been affected either.
“It doesn’t worry me at all, I feel confident in changing directions,” he said.
The 21-year-old has improved in contested ball this season, which he said had helped him break away from the tags he gets on a weekly basis.
“It’s always hard to tag a player when they’re inside winning the ball,” he said.
“It’s something I wanted to make sure I was doing well in, making sure I was getting my own contested ball.
“I’ve felt like I’ve done that.”
But Hill was still keen to ensure he utilises his brilliant pace and long kicking ability to help the team.
“I’m trying to work inside to beat the taggers,” he said.
“I still feel like I’m getting out on the outside and breaking the lines as well.”
Hill credited the form of midfield extractors Michael Barlow and David Mundy for helping his own game.
“Dave and Mick are both great players,” he said.
“To see Dave play a great game on the weekend was good to get his confidence back up.
“To have both of them playing well helps me out as well.”