CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Tom Boyd of the Bulldogs celebrates the win with Dale Morris (L) and Matt Suckling (C) during the round 17 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Suns at Cazaly's Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Matthew Suckling has returned to full training for the Western Bulldogs, after overcoming the achilles injury that cut short his 2016 season.

The former Hawk played 17 matches for the Bulldogs in 2016, averaging 20.4 disposals at a career high efficiency of 79.5%.

He missed the Bulldogs premiership last season with the achilles injury, he played his last game in the semi-final against the Hawks. The former Hawks rookie played in their 2014 and 2015 flags.

Bulldogs Coaching Performance Manager Chris Maple said Suckling will play in one of the last two remaining JLT Series matches.

“Matty has re-joined the group now, in full training, so he won’t be too far away and hopefully we can see him in the next couple of weeks,” Maple said.

“Late in the year he was struggling to get up week to week and obviously missed the Grand Final, but at the moment he is back in full training and, as I said, we should see him in one of the next two JLT’s.”

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