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Wirrapanda laughs off Hunter speculation

13/05/2009 08:36:43 PM Comments (0)

West Coast defender Adam Hunter is more concerned about a lack of fishing luck than his AFL career, teammate David Wirrpanda says.

Wirrpanda has laughed off speculation about the seriousness of Hunter's injury.

"The only thing that is annoying him at the moment, as far as I know, is that he is not catching any fish," Wirrpanda told reporters.

"He loves his fishing, he's a bit annoyed so I told him to try and put the reel down for a spear.

"But I don't know if he can because he's got a sore shoulder."

Eagles football manager Neale Daniher said on Tuesday that Hunter was having a second round of treatment on the shoulder.

But he said he was only expected to miss next week's match against Sydney.

Hunter hopes to return for the round-nine home game against Collingwood and play his 150th AFL match.

The West Australian newspaper has reported that Hunter's season was likely to be decided by a visit to a physiotherapist on Wednesday.

But a club spokesman has strongly denied a report on Network Ten that the injury might force Hunter to retire.

"There's absolutely no truth in the story that he will play his last game against Collingwood," the Eagles official said.

"There is no contemplation of retirement now or at the end of the season."

Hunter's manager Anthony van Der Wielen said Hunter has no intention of retiring.

"I'm not sure where it all emanated from," van Der Wielen told Fairfax Radio.

"The real story is that Adam is not contemplating retiring or hanging up the boots at all.

"Adam is pretty intent on playing right though and hopefully picking up a contract next year.

"There's no doubt the shoulder is giving him a bit of trouble and he's been seeking some alternative treatments and things like that that have made it a bit more comfortable for him than in the pre-season and earlier in the year.

"He certainly wouldn't be going through the treatment he has just to get one more game out."

He said Hunter had treatment in Perth from physio Lyn Watson on Wednesday, who has worked with Shane Warne and other high profile sportspeople who have had shoulder problems.

"He was always going to have to miss a game at some point during the year and perhaps another one down the track so that he could undergo the treatment," van Der Wielen said.

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