HAMILTON Kangaroos coach Matt Dunn is feverish about the return of Greater Western Victoria Rebels-listed star James Cleaver for his side's clash against Portland.
The 18-year-old was the only change to the Kangaroos' side which defeated South Warrnambool before last weekend's bye.
"He is a terrific athlete and at six-foot one or two he is one of quickest players getting around so it's exciting to have him back," he said.
"Being the 19-year-old player at the Rebels this is the first opportunity to have a look at him this year.
"He played three or four games last year and he was able to make that adjustment (from NAB League to Hampden league) and he played good footy and he is looking forward to playing some local footy."
Cleaver, who has played 10 games for the Rebels this season, is averaging 14 disposals and more than two tackles a game in the NAB League.
The midfielder replaces the injured Luke Uebergang in the side after he was ruled out of Saturday's clash with a fractured tibia.
Dunn confirmed on Thursday night that it would be a six to eight-week injury and he hoped Uebergang would be able to get back before the end of the season.
Fellow Rebels Josh Dwyer (Port Fairy), Marcus Herbert, Fraser Marris (South Warrnambool), Mitch Burgess (Warrnambool) and Clem Nagorcka (Koroit) also return for their respective clubs.
Seventh-placed Kangaroos travel to Hanlon Park.
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