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Laidley says Archer playing best footy

By John Salvado 12/06/2005 07:19:48 PM Comments (0)

Kangaroos coach Dean Laidley reckons Glenn Archer is just about playing career-best football at the ripe old age of 32.

Which is a pretty big rap for a man whose name is a byword for the courage in the AFL and who has two premierships, two All Australian selections and a Norm Smith medal to his name.

Archer celebrated AFL life membership with a key role in the Kangaroos' 17.7 (109) to 10.20 (80) victory over Richmond which consolidated their position in the top eight.

One fearless attack by Archer on the ball and Richmond defender Chris Newman gifted a first-quarter goal to teammate Daniel Harris.

He also collected 14 possessions and 10 marks and even found time for a rare long goal from outside the 50m arc, much to the delight of the Kangaroos' fans at Telstra Dome.

As the oldest player on the Kangaroos' list, Archer is yet to decide whether to play on for a 15th AFL season next year.

And Laidley hasn't felt the need to broach the subject with his former teammate.

"What do I say (about him)?" said Laidley.

"Anything he does, doesn't amaze you because you think and say 'well that's Glenn'.

"I said the same thing about (now retired captain) Anthony Stevens about this time last year.

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