Morabito will make an emotional return to AFL football on Saturday.
After a career ravaged by a recurring left knee injury, Anthony Morabito will finally make his return to AFL football in Fremantle’s clash with Melbourne in Darwin on Saturday.
The 23-year-old was the Dockers’ fourth draft pick in 2009 and played 23 games in 2010, but has since undergone three knee reconstructions.
When he runs out onto the ground on against the Demons, it will have been 1394 days since he last played for Fremantle in the 2010 semi-final loss to Geelong at the MCG.
Morabito made a solid return to football with Peel Thunder in the WAFL this year, averaging 19 disposals and kicking 11 goals in 10 games.
He said it was an emotional moment when coach Ross Lyon told the team he would be playing at a training session on Thursday.
“After training, Ross Lyon called everyone in,” Morabito said.
“His last point was that I was in. I was a little bit shocked.
“All the boys were really happy, they embraced me. I was quite emotional at the time and I’ll cherish that moment.”
Morabito said he was quick to phone his parents to let them know the good news.
“I gave dad a quick phone call,” he said.
“It was quite a special moment for me, personally.
“I’m just really happy and excited that I’m actually going to do it and my dream is becoming a reality again.”