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Monfries begins life after football

Simon Conway  October 11, 2017 1:17 PM

Angus Monfries played 150 games for the Bombers and kicked 165 goals.

Angus Monfries played 150 games for the Bombers and kicked 165 goals.

Angus Monfries says he hopes to remain in football after announcing his retirement as a player.

The 30 year old played 150 games with Essendon before joining Port Adelaide at the end of 2012.

He played 61 games with the Power but could only manage one senior game this season, after sitting out the entire 2016 campaign.

“The year off didn’t help me at my age and I couldn’t find the form required to play at that top level again,” Monfries told SEN.

“The year off gave me a little bit of a chance to freshen up the body and get a couple of other things right and then I did a little bit of a shoulder injury at the end of the year in 2016 and then I was chasing my tail a little bit after that, so I couldn’t quite get to where I wanted to go this year.

“I can look back and be pretty proud – I’ve been lucky enough to play at two great footy clubs and been involved in a number of finals campaigns and a lot of big games so I feel really lucky to have had the journey that I have.”

Monfries said he had no ill feeling towards the Bombers and maintained a close bond with several of his former teammates. 

“We’re all still pretty tight,” he said. 

“I’m still great mates with a number of the boys at the footy Club that are still there and that have left.

“I think we’ll have a special bond and be closer to one another than what other guys might have been at other clubs.

“The whole situation wasn’t an ideal one but I’ve got no bitterness. 

“Things happen in footy and obviously as a footy club and as an individual you would have done things a little differently.

“I don’t look back with any bitterness, it’s just the cards that were dealt at the time and I’m more than happy to move on and forget about it.”

Monfries made his debut for the Bombers in 2005 against Melbourne.

He led the Bombers goal kicking in 2010 and booted 248 goals throughout his AFL career.

The forward played a role in nurturing some of his younger Power teammates in recent years, including opening up his home to recently drafted players.

Helping young players develop is a path he’d like to pursue as he enters the next phase of his life.

“Ideally I’d like to stay involved in footy in some way,” Monfries said.

“This year I’ve played a lot of time in SANFL and really got enjoyment out of watching the younger SANFL players on our list develop.

“That is something I’d like to be involved in moving forward, whether that be welfare or development, I’m not sure.”