MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Tom Hawkins of the Cats checks on Will Schofield of the Eagles who lays injured during the 2019 AFL First Semi Final match between the Geelong Cats and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Two-time All-Australian and prominent commentator David King has declared that behind-the-goals vision could clear Tom Hawkins of his one-game striking suspension.

The Geelong spearhead will face the tribunal on Monday night as he fights to play in Friday’s preliminary final against Richmond.

Hawkins landed himself in hot water in the third quarter of his side’s semi-final triumph against the Eagles with a stray arm to the head of West Coast defender Will Schofield from what appeared to be some way off the ball.

King said a different view of the incident could reveal the 31-year-old may be closer to the play than initially suspected.

“But when you have a deeper look at the behind-the-goals [vision], the ball is coming down the wing line — which is a really aggressive part of counter-attack footy — and he is in play, given the fact that he is 45m from goal, which makes him, in my opinion, maximum 60m from the ball, maybe 50,” King told SEN’s Whateley.

Hawkins has played every game for the Cats in 2019, booting 56 goals and earning the All Australian full-forward spot.