Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has bolstered his defensive options by bringing the 37-year-old to Ibrox.
The 37-year-old has agreed to join the Gers in a player/coaching role as Warburton continues to bolster his options ahead of their return to the Scottish Premiership.
And Hateley - who played for the Light Blues for several years after turning 30 across two spells - is confident that Hill will prove that despite being well into the twilight of his career, he still has a huge amount to offer the club.
"If you have a good platform of fitness then you will play into your late 30s," he told the Evening Times.
"Given the way sports science is developing players will play longer. If you are physically and mentally strong there is no reason why Clint can't come and do a job for us.
"Davie [Weir] will know more about him than I do as he played that position. Clint seems to tick all the boxes as he has been playing at a decent level. He is something the football club need at this particular moment."
Before Hill's arrival, Warburton had very few defensive options to choose from. With Dominic Ball heading back to Tottenham at the end of his loan spell, the Gers only had Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan to pick from in terms of natural centre-backs, although another new signing Matt Crooks will be able to fill in in that position also if required.
But it is not just in terms of depth that Hill will arguably prove an asset to Rangers' side. As Hateley suggests, the former Queens Park Rangers man brings a huge amount of experience with him that the current teams lacks barring a handful of players, and some of his experience has been garnered at the highest level in England.
And that knowledge will undoubtedly help some of the lesser experienced members of the side for when they get themselves back into a position from which they will be considered as title contenders in the top flight.