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Hall denies retirement talk

30/06/2009 06:34:45 AM Comments (0)

Sydney forward Barry Hall has denied he is considering retirement and declared his desire to continue playing AFL with the Swans.

Frustrated Sydney coach Paul Roos raised doubts over Hall's future on Monday before he was even charged for striking Adelaide's Ben Rutten by the match review panel.

Hall is likely to accept a two-week suspension for the punch.

But he has angrily dismissed Roos's claims he has lost his desire for the game and should consider retirement.

"I'm definitely not retiring," Hall told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I know there has been speculation that this may be it and I've lost the desire and maybe should retire, but I can tell you that's certainly not the case.

"I heard on the news that people are questioning whether I really want to play or not, but I played three quarters (against Adelaide) with a torn muscle in my hip.

"I think that indicates I do actually want to play. If I didn't want to play footy, I would run to the bench and sit on the bench.

"I don't care what other people might think, I still want to play footy, I'm still passionate about the game, and I'm still focused on playing footy, and I think I displayed (that) on the weekend playing through injury."

Hall and Roos will meet later this week, but the off-contract former premiership winner is adamant he will see out the season and is not considering a mid-year retirement to pursue boxing.

"I'm not thinking about a career in boxing at the moment," he said.

"My mind is totally on footy and I reckon that has been indicated by the way I have been performing.

"I made a mistake and did the wrong thing. It was a stupid thing to do, for which I'm going to spend two weeks on the sideline. Anything I say is not going to change the fact that it happened, but I didn't intend hitting him in the jaw.

"There's no use fighting the case because it's there on the TV for everyone to see, but my intention was to actually grab his jumper and hit him in the chest.

"My actions in the past and on the weekend were never intended to harm the team or the football club. I'm not a selfish person - I've always been about the football club and my teammates. I'm trying to win games of football and because I'm passionate and intense, at times things get carried away."

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