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Swans to map out Hall's future on Monday

By Greg Buckle 11/07/2008 05:35:39 PM Comments (0)

Barry Hall "wasn't in a great mental state" on Monday when the Sydney forward was first told of his club-imposed ban.

But the aggressive big man is now in "good spirits" and willing to do as coach Paul Roos has asked before making a return to the playing field.

Roos will meet with Hall and club psychologist Grant Brecht on Monday to discuss a strategy to help the player work through his anger-management issues.

The club will make a "collective decision" on when Hall makes a comeback, Roos said.

"We will all sit down on Monday and try to work through a strategy. I don't think it's going to have an end point to it at this particular stage," Roos said at the SCG.

"But I'd imagine it would involve our training and doing his weights and coming down and going to the meetings and all those sorts of things and the other stuff I'll leave to the experts.

"I was really pleased to sit down with Hally on Wednesday. On Monday he wasn't in a great mental state, for want of a better term.

"He loves his footy and he wants to play. By Wednesday we had a really good chat and he has a much better understanding of where we're at as a footy club.

"He can see what we're doing is right for him and the footy club and he really wants to work with us to get back on the field.

"That was a good relief for me as a coach.

"When he's around the club he seems fine. But those reflex actions that appear to have happened a couple of times automatically, they are the things that we don't want to happen."

The 30-year-old Hall is reported to be troubled by a love triangle in his personal life.

"I don't delve too much into the players' off-field lives, it's only when they bring it up with me," Roos said.

"So I'm sure Grant and Hally will sit down and that will be one of the discussions that they will have.

"He has been working with Grant for many years now."

Three-time All-Australian Hall took an early guilty plea this week for attempting to strike Shane Wakelin during Saturday night's loss to Collingwood.

It was his third match back following a seven-week suspension for punching West Coast's Brent Staker in what the ex-boxer admitted was a "brain snap".

A former co-captain of the club, Hall stood down from the leadership group this week.

"I've spoken to the leadership group about it just to make sure that they don't feel they have to carry the burden for the footy club," Roos said.

"That's my responsibility and the coaches' responsibility to do that, just to make sure that they deal with things and move on quickly and I think they have done that once again.

"They are a really good group. It's the second time this year something like this has happened.

"I don't think they are distracted."

Roos said Hall wouldn't be attending Sunday's round 15 clash between the third-placed Hawthorn and fourth-placed Swans at the MCG.

"He wants to go and catch up with a mate which I've encouraged him to get away for the weekend which is good actually," Roos said.

Hall trained with the Swans on Wednesday after his shock ban was announced by the club on Monday.

Sydney have regained dual Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes from suspension.

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