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Saad mid-season retirement short-lived

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November 11, 2017

Saad Saad was kept goalless on Saturday.

The career of Seymour legend Saad Saad is not over after all.

After retiring midway through last season, despite kicking 43 goals in nine Goulburn Valley League games, it is understood Saad will play in the Peninsula league next year.

It continues a bizarre situation where Seymour knocked back three clearances for Saad to play with Pines during the year.

Saad informed close friends he was thinking about retiring during the season, but Lions premiership team-mate Paul Scanlon convinced him to reconsider.

The mercurial forward did not play for Pines this year after the clearances were knocked back, but Seymour is not expected to stand in Saad’s way of playing with Scanlon next season.

Scanlon told the Shepparton News in July the pair spoke at Seymour’s reunion for the 2007 flag and Saad informed him of his retirement plans.

‘‘He (Saad) wanted to give it away, he was not feeling great with his body, he’s busy with work and he just said to me ‘I might retire’,’’ Scanlon said.

‘‘I said to him to put a clearance into my club (Pines) before they close and if you decide to play again this year, then you can.

‘‘I was just acting as a mate and I was more saying if you are retiring, put in a clearance before they close and if you change your mind and do want to have a kick again and play a game or two this year, then you have that option.’’

Seymour has announced former Richmond footballer and Victorian first-class cricketer Nick Jewell as its coach for next season, replacing outgoing club legend Brent Colbert.

Superstar midfielder Jason Cole is staying with the Lions as a playing assistant coach after knocking back a number of lucrative offers from clubs across the state.

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