Hall set to be welcomed back by Suns

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Aaron Hall. Picture: Getty Images

GOLD Coast midfielder Aaron Hall has redeemed himself and will return from football purgatory for Sunday’s clash with reigning premier Hawthorn in Launceston.

Hall was dropped for the Suns’ Round 12 trip to the MCG to take on Richmond due to ball use and defensive issues.

But he bounced back with a strong performance in the NEAFL to put his hand up for a rapid recall.

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Hall was lauded as the most improved player in the competition after the first three rounds, when his sizzling form from the back-end of 2015 continued into the Gold Coast’s blistering start to 2016.

But as the injury-riddled Suns spiralled down the ladder, so too did Hall’s form with problems of the past returning.

Getting the football has never been a problem for the Tasmanian product but what he then does with it – and what he does without it – has been the issue.

Aaron Hall is likely to return for the Gold Coast this week. Picture: Getty Images

Aaron Hall is likely to return for the Gold Coast this week. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft said Hall had embraced the directives from senior coach Rodney Eade and worked on his game.

“The reserves coaches were really pleased with the way Aaron played based on the feedback from the coaching staff,’’ Ashcroft said.

Running defender Adam Saad has overcome a hamstring injury and is set to join Hall as an inclusion.

Mitch Hallahan and Dan Currie are also in the mix for the Suns, who are on a nine-game losing streak. But Kade Kolodjashnij (concussion) will miss the trip to his native state while Sean Lemmens (hamstring) and Jesse Lonergan (illness) are doubtful.

Hawthorn will be without star Cyril Rioli, who will return to the Northern Territory to attend his grandfather’s funeral.

He also missed the Round 8 match-up against Fremantle to spend time with his late grandfather.

Hawks skipper Luke Hodge remains a 50-50 chance to return this weekend.

A knee injury has kept the dual Norm Smith Medallist sidelined but a finger injury could stop him from taking on the Suns in expected freezing temperatures in Tasmania.

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