Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has left the door open for tagger Ryan Crowley to make a return this season despite the player being handed a doping ban last week.
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Crowley was handed a 12-month backdated suspension after testing positive to a substance found in a unprescribed painkiller.
The 31-year-old’s ban ends on September 24, meaning he could return to the field should the Dockers reach the preliminary final.
Lyon told Fox Footy that Crowley could potentially feature in the finals if he commits the a Dockers training program.
“If that was the commitment, if Ryan said: ‘I’ll commit to train, keep fit, come back (then a return is possible),” Lyon is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“Until you’re in finals you can’t make any decisions; if we get to that stage we’ll consider it, but potentially it could happen.
“We’ll all come back together and look at the immediate future with the view to make a decision for Ryan to do the training and come back two months out.”
Fremantle currently sit on top of the AFL ladder with a superb 10-1 record.
The Dockers won their first nine games straight before succumbing to Richmond in round 10 at Domain Stadium.