It’s the stuff of Hollywood – milestone man Matthew Pavlich lining up alongside luckless teammate Anthony Morabito in a night of celebration for Fremantle.
But whether that fairytale eventuates in real life remains to be seen as coach Ross Lyon weighs up his options for Saturday night’s crunch AFL clash with Geelong at Patersons Stadium.
Dockers fans will go into overdrive this week as they celebrate Pavlich’s impending 300-game milestone.
Pavlich has been at the Dockers through thick and thin over the past 15 years, and he’ll become the first WA-based player to reach the magical 300-game mark.
But the occasion will be made even more special if Morabito is named to make a dream AFL return.
Morabito hasn’t played for the Dockers since his breakout rookie campaign in 2010, with three subsequent knee reconstructions threatening to prematurely end his career.
However, the 22-year-old is now on the verge of a recall after a string of impressive displays in the WAFL.
Morabito has averaged 22 possessions and booted five goals in six appearances for Peel Thunder this season and the 189cm wingman is now a chance to wear the substitute’s green vest against Geelong.
“It would mean a lot to Anthony,” Pavlich said.
“He’s worked so hard to get back into some good nick in the WAFL and he’s playing well.
“He’s still building and got some work to go, but fingers crossed that everything keeps going well for him.”
Goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne underwent surgery on his injured jaw on Tuesday and faces a race against time to prove his fitness in time for the Cats.
Defenders Luke McPharlin (quad) and Zac Dawson (ankle) are considered 50-50 chances at playing, while midfielder Stephen Hill (knee) is another key player under an injury cloud.
The Cats will welcome back defender Andrew Mackie from a hamstring injury, probably in a straight swap for suspended midfielder Mathew Stokes.
Morabito, the No.4 pick from the 2009 national draft, emerged as a star in the making in 2010.
His explosive runs along the wing and booming goals on the run became his trademark. A long and illustrious career seemed a formality.
Fans have been patiently waiting for his AFL return, and they’re hoping the wait will be over on Saturday night.