Despite hanging up the boots at the completion of last season, beloved Carlton backman Kade Simpson has divulged his desire to pick up the quill, and add another chapter to his footballing career.
In a candid interview with former teammate Dylan Buckley, the 36-year-old explained that although his time at Princes Park was over, he was still fit, firing, and knocking on the door for one last shot at glory.
The 342-gamer explained on the Dyl and Friends podcast that although he would love to pull the boots on again at AFL level, it would have to be with a team that was bound for September.
“I wouldn’t play just for the sake of playing … (it would need to be) a team that’s going to be challenging, that are looking like they’re going to play finals,” Simpson explained.
With the mid-season draft scheduled for Wednesday June 2, clubs the league over are sure to be running through the pros and cons of reviving the lightly built half-back’s stellar career.
Although no side has publicly stated their interest in the former vice-captain, we here at Zero Hanger have made the case for five sides that could benefit from Simpson’s wealth of experience and steady left foot.
If the sight of Simpson in anything other than a long-sleeved, navy blue guernsey is too much for you, Carlton fans, we suggest looking away now.
2. West Coast Eagles
Much like the Bulldogs, if Simpson were to fly west and join the four-time premiers, it would be as a back-up option.
Shannon Hurn’s calf injury has paved the way for Alex Witherden to stake his claim in the Eagles' back 50, but should another injury befall Adam Simpson’s already beleaguered side, they begin to look very vulnerable.
For an ageing side that is desperate to claim another flag before they break up the band, the former Blue offers more of the same. However, if West Coast limp to September having left Simpson on the table, they may live to regret it.
Again, like the Bulldogs, West Coast currently have a full roster. Still, there are seven rounds of bruising football to be played before the mid-year draft gets underway.