Akermanis says Hall’s arrival ultimately derailed his fairytale farewell retirement plans in a decision he believes has left him out in the cold from the entire footy industry since his retirement in 2010. The staggering claim is just one of many dramatic revelations made by the Brownlow Medallist during this week’s episode of the highly-acclaimed SACKED Podcast. The Herald Sun Podcast reveals Akermanis still believes his decision not to go out on a high at the end of the 2009 season — before Hall’s arrival from the Swans — cost him more than $2 million in potential post playing-career earnings in football. Akermanis says he has been “laughed at” when applying for jobs in football over the last 10 years — but doesn’t think that would be the case had he hung up the boots at the end of 2009 where he finished the season as the Western Bulldogs’ only player to kick more than 40 goals for the season. In 2010, his final season in the AFL, Akermanis finished with two goals from nine games. Hall was the top goal kicker in the league and finished with 80 goals. It still eats away at the former Brisbane Lions premiership… Read full this story
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