Jarman Impey is set to make his long-awaited return to the field when he takes part in the club's scrimmage match against GWS on Saturday.  

Impey ruptured his ACL against Geelong in Round 18 last year, a fortnight short of a year ago. 

Speaking to a press conference on Friday, Hawthorn Coach Alastair Clarkson said the club was extremely excited to see the 25-year-old make his comeback. 

"There's an exciting story for us and all our fans, Jarman will play some footy this week in a scrimmage we have organised with the GWS squad," Clarkson said. 

"He'll play some minutes of footy there in his first return to competitive footy.

"This is a pretty important step for him in his return so we're pretty excited for him.

"It's his birthday today too, so there's plenty of excitement in the Impey household, he's really excited!"

Alastair Clarkson is open to four-day breaks in the fixture but has warned it may cause a reduction in the consistent availability of superstar players. 

Clarkson also mentioned the challenges associated with completing a recovery from injury during this unique time for football and praised Impey for his commitment to his rehabilitation. 

"It's been a little bit more difficult given the constraints that have been imposed with these training protocols.

"It's meant we haven't been able to do some scrimmage work amongst ourselves which we'd normally do - particularly for guys coming back from injury."


Stay tuned to hawthornfc.com.au for coverage of the club's scratch match against GWS on Saturday.