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Fulton returns to Tigers

Kieran Fulton has lodged a clearance back to Bannockburn. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

KIERAN Fulton’s injury-impacted stint with GFL club Leopold has ended, with the talented ruck/forward returning to Bannockburn.

Fulton managed just two games after being lured to Memorial Park by Tigers’ premiership teammate Jason Tom.

He was on the backfoot from before pre-season after needing hip surgery following a game of frisbee with his new teammates in October.

Fulton suffered a rolled ankle in the Lions’ opening-round loss to St Mary’s and then was involved in a car accident last month that left him concussed.

He hasn’t played since Leopold’s Round 3 win over Lara, where he also hurt his knee.

“It’s just a snowball effect where he hasn’t had a good run at playing GFL footy,” Bannockburn coach Peter Riccardi.

“I think he just wanted to get back, have some fun, enjoy his footy with a few of his mates, and have another crack at it (GFL) next year.”

With Blake Miller set to serve a three-match suspension following an incident in last week’s loss to Inverleigh, Fulton’s return appears to be a timely one.

However, Riccardi says he still needs to be given the green light to return to the field by doctors.

“If he gets cleared this week and he’s available, he’ll play,” Riccardi said. “But, he’s got to get cleared; that’s the more important thing.

“Get on top of that, and hopefully, he’s right in the not-too-distant future.”

In more good news for the reigning premier, Josh Cole is also closing in on a return.

He is yet to play in 2021 due to work and family commitments.

“He’ll have to do a block of training before he plays a game of footy,” Riccardi said. “We want to give him two or three weeks of training.

“With the situation at the minute, I don’t think he’ll be able to play reserves footy because he won’t be able to qualify for finals if our twos don’t make it.

“So, we’ll just have to play him in three games of senior football at some stage.”

Riccardi has flagged the inclusion of club great Brad Watts for his second game of the season when the Tigers travel to Corio.

He will likely replace Joey Fama (hamstring) for the clash with the Devils.

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