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NFL next for Fevola if AFL bid fails

Sam Lienert 08/09/2011 11:04:14 PM Comments (0)

Two-time AFL Coleman Medallist Brendan Fevola says he plans to try to become an NFL punter next year if his bid to reignite his AFL career falls flat.

While Fevola has been in superb form in the VFL in recent weeks, the 30-year-old says he is yet to be approached by any AFL club and will understand if none are interested.

Fevola was sacked by Brisbane before the current season, as he struggled with gambling and alcohol problems, having previously costhimself a career at Carlton through his off-field misbehaviour.

The big-kicking forward said he was confident he was over his off-field issues.

He said he no longer punted, although "I play a little bit of poker every now and again".

And he said he was now capable of stopping drinking after one or two drinks.

"Previously I wouldn't, I'd have one or two beers and that would be it, it would be an all-nighter," Fevola told the Nine Network's AFL Footy Show.

Fevola said he would love to be drafted at the end of this year and would play for "minimum chips", but if not, the NFL would probably be his next move.

"I'd love to do that and you can do that whenever, but if footy didn't work out this year I'd probably look at going over there next year and having a crack at that," he said.

Fevola said most people in the AFL were aware he still had the talent to play at the top level, but his off-field "baggage" was the issue.

"I might not even get spoken to. If that happens, that's fair enough and you could understand why," Fevola said.

"But I think I've got a lot to offer, and if I do get an opportunity, I'd take it with both hands."

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