Stephen Hill feels confident his injury concerns are behind him after making his long awaited return to the AFL in round four against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.

Hill totalled 16 games between 2018 and 2019 as he battled a recurring quad injury.

Known for being an elite midfielder for most of his career, Hill was a welcome addition to Fremantle’s backline where his experience and class was evident against the Suns.

“I definitely feel confident,” Hill said.

“During training I am not holding back. I feel like it’s holding up.

“On the weekend I was confident in my body and hopefully it holds up going forward.”

The 30-year-old expects a modified training program to help him keep playing regular footy.

“There’s been some adjustments. Just with my strength stuff and my leg weights. Also my training load as well,” Hill said.

“I’m just managing that and making sure I’m not working too hard during the week and making sure I can get through and be ready to play on game day.”

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Hill said he felt Fremantle’s standard of football wasn’t reflected in their 0-4 record and feels the results will come if they can find more consistency within games.

“We’re a young group. I think the footy we’ve been playing, when we’ve been playing good we have been matching it with good sides,” Hill said.

“It’s just that inconsistency that we’ve had for a quarter or periods of games that we have to work on. I’m excited with the future that we have.”

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