If Barry Hall is continue playing AFL football in 2010, it seems he would be a good fit for only one team: the Western Bulldogs.
At 32, he is not going to be able to grow with a young team. A one-year contribution – or two at the most – would be all another club could expect from Hall.
The Bulldogs are pressing for a Grand Final appearance in 2009, but just as in other seasons there have been question marks over the firepower of the club’s forward line.
Hall might give the team a quality focal point and bring it up to the level of St Kilda, or Hawthorn in 2008.
Obviously there is a lot of water to go under the bridge before the Bulldogs would consider taking a punt on the burly forward.
Hall has recognised his anger problems and has said it is his chief priority to overcome them.
Would Rodney Eade and his club take a risk with Hall if there was still a chance he could lose his block on field?
The upside is that the player would cost the Doggies very little – perhaps nothing – to pick up.
And the club has shown it has a capacity to curb the off field drawbacks of veteran players with its successful handling of Jason Akermanis.
The performance of the Bulldogs forward line in the 2009 finals could well determine if Barry Hall has a future in the AFL.
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