Retiring Hall eyes off one more year
After 192 games across 13 seasons for five different clubs Glenn Hall will farewell the NRL on Sunday but he remains keen to run around again in the Intrust Super Cup in 2016.
A premiership winner with Manly in 2008, Hall is a member of the Cowboys squad within reach of a maiden Telstra Premiership but hasn't figured in the top 17 since Round 17 against St George Illawarra.
It was the 98th and final game of his five-year stint at North Queensland but the 34-year-old told NRL.com that he is not ready to hang up the boots just yet.
Hall was a key figure in the Townsville Blackhawks winning the Intrust Super Cup minor premiership in their inaugural season this year and said he would be eager to turn out for the club again if work commitments don't get in the way.
"I'll never say never. I've got a job next year but if work permits I'll be looking to play for sure," said Hall, who was a member of the Blackhawks team defeated 32-20 by Ipswich in the Intrust Super Cup Grand Final last weekend.
"Games like that, even though we lost, finishing the year in a grand final... I'm still loving footy and I'll never stop loving footy.
"I'm appreciative of what rugby league has given me and I still love the game.
"I tossed it up [retiring last year] actually because it was coming to the back-end of the year and I hadn't re-signed with the Cows and I was thinking, I'm no chance now.
"Luckily enough 'Greeny' [Cowboys coach Paul Green] gave me another shot because I wasn't ready to hang the boots up.
"Physically I'm good to go, ready to rock 'n' roll so if work permits I'll give the Blackhawks another year that's for sure."
Hall will feature in the farewell to departing and retiring players that will serve as part of the build-up to the Telstra Premiership Grand Final on Sunday alongside the likes of Kurt Gidley, Brent Kite, Frank Pritchard, David Simmons, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Ben Lowe and Dan Hunt.
Then he can start thinking about his new role in business development with mining supplies company GTS Equipment and Labour Hire, but not before cheering on his North Queensland teammates in their pursuit of history.
"I'm so pumped for the boys and what they've achieved and I'd love to go down and support them," Hall said.
"[Green] has brought a very structured style of football and everyone knows their job.
"He's done a really good job from your wingers to your front-rowers letting them know what their role is and making them understand that they don't have to go outside that for the team to win.
"As long as everyone plays their part and does their role the best that they can, you don't have to do anything special because the team will get the job done."