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Akermanis 'might play on' in AFL in 2010

19/05/2009 05:06:23 PM Comments (0)

Revitalised Western Bulldogs veteran Jason Akermanis may reverse his decision to retire at the end of this year and seek to play on in 2010.

The 32-year-old, who will play his 300th AFL game against Geelong on Friday night, said he would consider extending his career for another season if asked.

"Never say never. When you get over 30, every game can be your last," Akermanis said on Tuesday.

"In the end, it's generally a decision that's made for you by the powers that be.

"If I'm playing good footy and (coach Rodney Eade) comes to me, I'll have a decision to make that I probably wouldn't have made going back to December last year."

Akermanis said he found it difficult accepting the reality he was about to become a member of the exclusive AFL 300-game club on Friday.

"It's a lot of games, a lot of weeks - 14 and a half years it's taken me to get this far," he said.

"You can't believe it in some ways but I'm also immensely proud I've been able to do something right to get this far."

The Brisbane triple premiership player who switched to the Bulldogs at the end of 2006, saw his form tail off in the latter stages of last season.

"When I first came here, my body was in a bad way and it took a little bit to get it right and unfortunately I had to get it right during the footy season," he said.

"As the journey's gone on here, it's got nothing to do with your birth certificate. It's about getting better and learning your lessons."

Eade said he drew heavily on Akermanis' experience and knowledge.

"Yesterday we had an opposition meeting and his thoughts were really succinct and applicable, and players appreciate that and the one-on-ones with him at times," Eade said.

"You'd be silly not to use his knowledge."

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