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Hall says clash with Roos was silly

Greg Buckle 28/07/2011 11:50:29 PM Comments (0)

Barry Hall insists he has moved on from his feud with former Sydney AFL coach Paul Roos, saying it was a silly argument.

However, Hall admitted on Thursday he was hurt by the way Roos failed to contact him for several days after the 2009 incident which led to Hall's mid-season departure from the Swans.

Hall resigned from the club after he was suspended for one week for striking Adelaide's Ben Rutten in round 14 2009.

The fiery forward had tested Sydney's patience after serving a seven-match ban for punching West Coast's Brent Staker in 2008.

"I was in that situation because of my doing. I had to resign because of my actions," Hall told Nine's The Footy Show on Thursday.

Hall said he had telephoned Roos twice but had no response.

"After it (the Rutten incident) happened, I just wanted someone to talk to, I guess, and almost get on the front foot with it," Hall said.

"'Roosy' was probably angry and I understand all that. But to hear him for the first time on TV wasn't ideal for me.

"Things blew up a little bit when it all happened.

"Looking back on it now, we've both moved on from it.

"It was probably a silly argument in the end because we were arguing about that (lack of contact between player and coach) rather than the issue of my actions."

Hall, 34, has announced this will be his final season, having come out of retirement to play for the Western Bulldogs in 2010 and 2011.

Roos admitted last week he regretted not contacting Hall for several days following the Rutten incident in 2009.

Hall also said he had no issue with his Swans co-captain Brett Kirk saying in 2009 that he could trust Hall with his children, but not on the football field.

"I understand that because I couldn't trust myself out on the field," Hall said.

The four-time All-Australian, who kicked 80 goals for the Bulldogs last year, paid tribute to the club for giving him a chance to finish off his career in more suitable fashion.

Last week, Hall said he considered himself a Bulldogs person.

"A lot of people have questioned it. That's just how I feel at the moment," Hall said on Thursday.

"That's not discounting what I've done in Sydney," added Hall, who was co-captain of the Swans 2005 premiership side.

"I'm very proud of what I've achieved in Sydney and the players I've played with."

Hall, a former amateur boxer, said he would do some training in January as he considers a comeback to the sport.

"If I do it, it will be full on," the 194cm, 104kg Hall said.

"It will be because I want to achieve something, not just for a money grab."

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