Being axed from Gold Coast’s AFL lineup hasn’t dampened Aaron Hall’s ambition to one day be classified as one of the sport’s elite midfielders.
Hall was a breakout star for the Suns in 2015, rising from inconsistent prospect to one of their first players picked with a strong individual second half of the year.
After continuing that blistering form in the early rounds of this year, Hall’s numbers dropped off as the Suns went on a long losing run.
Coach Rodney Eade made the decision to axe Hall from his 22 for the round 12 clash against Richmond at the MCG.
Hall says he was determined his absence from the senior team would simply be a one-week affair and so it proved, earning an immediate recall for the clash with premiers Hawthorn in Tasmania.
He then turned in his best display in weeks in the Suns’ 40-point win over St Kilda last Saturday, kicking two goals, claiming 27 disposals and snaring six marks.
“There was two ways I could have gone about it,” Hall said.
“I could’ve sulked or just taken it on board and try to learn from it. I decided to take the second approach.
“He’s obviously my coach and wants me to be the best player I can be. I worked on those things – not just in that one particular game – but also at training and I’ll continue to work on that until the end of the season.”
Hall says his ultimate challenge is to prove that 2015 form is the rule not the exception.
The 25-year-old is aiming to be marked as one of the sport’s best and says consistency is the key element to entering that category.
“I do want to be an elite player in AFL, I do want to go to that next level,” he said.
“I think if you want to be an elite midfielder in the AFL you need to be consistent – it’s got to be done over a couple of seasons – it can’t just be done over half a season.
“That’s my goal at the moment.”