The name Barry Hall is synonymous with bags of goals, big hits and even features in the AFL hall of fame, but it could also feature on Harcourt’s senior playing list this season.
A buzz has surrounded Harcourt since senior coach, Paul Chaplin posted a photo of the Sydney Swans’ 2005 premiership captain in a Harcourt polo top on Facebook last month.
Hall is widely regarded as one of the best forwards of the modern era, kicking just shy of 750 goals during his AFL career.
Hall played 289 AFL games at St Kilda, Sydney and the Western Bulldogs between 1996 and 2011 and became the first ever player to kick 100 goals at three different AFL clubs.
Chaplin said while nothing is set in stone as of yet, Hall is expected to make at least one appearance in the yellow and blue.
“At this stage we don’t have any definite dates or anything, but we’re hoping for just one game whenever that may be. We’d love more games, but it obviously depends on him and what he’s doing,” Chaplin said.
“He’s working for a few guys around our town that are with the club so they’ve asked him to do us a favour.
“He hasn’t been at training yet, he’s a busy man. I don’t think it’s priority number one to come down and train in 40 degree heat.
“I think it’s going to be good for the club and even for the league.
“It’s already had an impact. Fingers crossed we’ll get one game out of him and there’s already a bit of buzz around the club. Everyone’s a bit excited and obviously our (Facebook) post got a few likes and shares.”
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