BRAD Hill’s stint in Fremantle’s leadership group is over, with the speedy midfielder dumped following his recent run-in with police.
Hill, who crossed over from Hawthorn to Fremantle ahead of the 2017 season, was elevated to the club’s leadership group on the eve of the current season.
Currently sidelined with a knee injury sustained in the round two win over Essendon at Optus Stadium, Hill has been suspended for the next game he is eligible to play and fined $10,000, half of which is suspended.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Fremantle football manager Chris Bond said that in addition to the demotion and suspension, the 24-year-old will also be required to undertake an alcohol education program.
“We are disappointed that Bradley put himself in such a situation and made poor decisions and choices,” said Bond.
“More importantly, as a member of our leadership group in a club where more than a third of our list are young first and second-year players, Bradley is required, without exception, to be at the forefront of upholding our values and behaviours at all times on and off the field.”
“Clearly, on this occasion that was not the case and a significant sanction was required, which Bradley has accepted without question.”
“Bradley is a young man who we hold in high regard and we are confident he will learn some valuable lessons from this and go on to be a better person and a better leader in the future.”
Hill was spoken to by police after jumping a barrier at a Scarborough nightspot on May 6 to try to get into the venue.
He is being investigated for breaching a move-on notice and for giving officers a false name.
Damningly, Hill didn’t notify Fremantle about his run-in with police until a television network contacted the club about the incident.
Hill won the Doig medal as Fremantle’s best-and-fairest in his debut season after the port club after averaging career-best numbers in terms of possessions (23.6) and marks (6.3).