North Melbourne recruit Aaron Hall has requested to step away from AFL football indefinitely, citing mental health issues.
The 28-year-old, who made the switch to Arden Street this season after playing 103 games for the Gold Coast Suns, will spend time away from the club to focus on his personal well-being.
Hall has played just six games this season after recovering from a knee injury. The midfielder was close to a return however North Melbourne have announced they will now give the player as much time as he needs.
Midfielder Aaron Hall has taken indefinite leave to focus on his mental health.
“We trust that Aaron’s privacy will be maintained and that people respect his situation and understand how difficult and brave this decision has been for him.”
— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) July 5, 2019
The former Sun had a break-out season in 2016, impressing with his pace and penetration through the midfield, something that the Roos longed for. Hall averaged a career-best 27.8 disposals per game, and finished fifth-placed the Gold Coast’s Club Champion award.
He continued his great form in 2017, however injury ravaged his 2018 season playing just 6 games.
The news comes as Collingwood midfielder Dayne Beams, this week announced he ‘was a broken man’ and won’t be returning to the football field until he has dealt with his mental issues.
Hall’s teammate Majak Daw is set to return to the VFL, seven months after an incident that saw him fall from Melbourne’s Bolte Bridge.