Hawthorn’s Spangher ready to return to AFL

Hawthorn cult figure Matt Spangher has declared himself ready if the two-time reigning AFL premiers need him through the finals.

Spangher was one of the great stories of last year’s premiership, finally making the team after missing out at West Coast (2006), Sydney (2012) and the Hawks the year before.

But he has only managed four games this year, returning from a hamstring injury last weekend through the VFL.

He will do well to break back into the senior side through the finals.

“I can’t really worry too much about selection,” he said.

“Fortunately, I had a few minutes in the VFL last week and I will more than likely play there again this week, then see what happens.

“I wouldn’t be far off (being ready) – certainly if they needed me, I feel I could play this week.

“Fortunately, the list is in really healthy shape, so it’s great we’re not in dire straights.”

Spangher, winner of Hawthorn’s best clubman award last year, is one of their most popular players.

So regardless of whether he returns to the AFL this season, the tall utility is determined to contribute where possible.

“The important part of our club is that everyone believes they can play a part,” he said.

“We have really good VFL side at the moment – we’re travelling along nicely.

“It’s a bit of a cliche, but Clarko (coach Alastair Clarkson) always says squads win premierships and it rings true.

“Whether you’re in the 22 or not, you have a role to play and I’m hoping I do get in there.”

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