Contract extension for Morabito

FORMER Peel Thunder junior Anthony Morabito had his contract with the Fremantle Dockers extended to the end of 2014 as the gifted midfielder returns from a long injury run.
Nanjing Night Net

The 21-year-old has missed the entire 2013 season after rupturing his ACL in January.

It was Morabito’s third knee reconstruction since his breakout 2010 season.

In a statement released by the Fremantle Football Club, football operations general manager Chris Bond confirmed Morabito had been placed on a revised training program that will see him aim for the 2014 pre-season.

“After discussions with Anthony and in conjunction with our medical staff and strength and conditioning staff, it was agreed that the best course of action was to amend our plan to have Anthony play a handful of WAFL games at what would have been the tail end of the 2013 season,” Bond said.

“It was agreed that it was in the best long-term interests of Anthony and his playing career that we continue with a conservative approach for his return to AFL ranks.

“As a result, Anthony will have a short break before returning to the club and preparing for the 2014 pre-season.”

Bond said the modified program would assist Morabito in his long-term recovery.

“By taking this approach, we believe Anthony will be really well-placed to hit the ground running on day one of the 2014 pre-season and be available for selection at the start of the 2014 AFL home and away season.”

Morabito played 23 games for the Dockers after he was taken at pick four in the 2010 national draft.

He underwent his first knee operation in early 2011 before making a return through the Peel Thunder ranks last season.

He played in the reserves and league side before a second knee reconstruction last July set his AFL return back.

While training for the pre-season this year, Morabito again injured his knee in an attempted tackle and elected to undergo the radical LARS surgery.

The talented Peel midfielder had been compared to dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes in his break-out 2010 season.

Anthony Morabito has had his contract extended with the Fremantle Dockers to the end of 2014.

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