FREMANTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: Ryan Crowley of the Dockers works on some drills during a Fremantle Dockers AFL training session at Fremantle Oval on July 28, 2015 in Fremantle, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Ex-Docker Ryan Crowley can make a successful return at the Bombers, according to former teammate Garrick Ibbotson.

Crowley was de-listed by the Dockers after serving a 12-month ban and missing the entire 2015 season after testing positive to a banned painkiller in July 2014.

Crowley’s former teammate Garrick Ibbotson says the tagger could easily slot back into the AFL with the Bombers, despite a year out of the game.

“I think he’d go alright,” Ibbotson said.

“He’s always been a really fit guy so I don’t think he would’ve lost a lot of that desire to play footy and fitness to play footy. I know that he loves to run.

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“I think he’d really like the opportunity to play again.

“I think he would’ve obviously liked to play footy here if he could have. But I think playing AFL footy would be great for him again.”

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