Gold Coast Suns player Josh Hall could be set to swap the AFL for the NRL after making moves to switch to rugby league, with the Gold Coast Titans rumoured to be interested in handing the 25-year-old the opportunity to impress.
Hall has found his chances hard to come by in the AFL since being drafted by the Suns in 2012, making just five appearances during his time on the Gold Coast with the last of those coming in Round 21 of the 2013 season.
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The powerful runner made a decent start to life in the AFL, kicking two goals in a two-point victory over Richmond in 2012, but injuries kept Hall sidelined for much of the 2014 season and it’s been a tough slog since then for the forward.
Despite his powerful and athletic build, the Suns have been reluctant to throw Hall back into the fray this season, for whatever reason, and a change in career could now be on the cards for the Townsville man.
Despite the Suns again struggling this season with both injuries and form, which could make them already well out of the thoughts of those punters backing teams to make it to the finals with bet365, Hall hasn’t really come close to earning a recall to the first team.
The forward has failed to break back into the team despite the Suns currently nursing an injury list that now stands 17 players deep, including key names such as Gary Ablett, Sam Day, Steven May, Dion Prestia, Rory Thompson, Nick Malceski, Tom Lynch and David Swallow.
It now looks highly likely that the forward will be de-listed at the end of the current season in order to clear up some room on the Suns’ roster for next year.
Titans head coach Neil Henry has come out to distance the NRL club with the AFL player, making it clear there is currently no room on his roster to fit in Hall.
But Henry has left the door open for the Suns man by offering his help in finding Hall a place at one of Gold Coast’s Intrust Super Cup feeder sides, with Burleigh Bears and Tweed Head Seagulls potential clubs where the 25-year-old could get reacquainted with rugby league.
If he impressed in pre-season, Hall could be able to work his way into the NRL through the state channels in the hope of eventually picking up a team.
With a strong running game and a real talent for high jumping, Hall could make a very useful rugby league player, and it is something of a shame that he hasn’t been able to build on his early promise.
Despite making his name in the AFL, Hall spent much of his younger years playing rugby league before deciding to focus on Aussie Rules.
While it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility that Hall could make it in the NRL, he certainly has a lot of work to do if he’s going to make a success of himself in a second sport.