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Taylor faces football mortality

Harry Taylor leaves GMHBA Stadium following his 250th game. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

HARRY Taylor concedes he may have played his last game for Geelong if the 2020 season doesn’t resume.

However, the veteran defender also hasn’t put a line through playing on next year.

Taylor, who turns 34 in June, admits it crossed his mind as he walked off GIANTS Stadium following the Round 1 loss to Greater Western Sydney that he may not add to his 262 matches.

“… I thought that could possibly be the last time I pull on a Geelong jumper at AFL level,” he told K rock’s Cat Attack Podcast.

“It’s not something I dwelled on … I tried to be pragmatic, deal with the fact, and then move on pretty quickly.

“But, it is certainly something that could happen; we’ll wait and see what happens for the rest of the year going forward.

“But that’s the reality of the situation, unfortunately, and I think it’s only natural that you face those realities.

“And it’s probably beneficial you, in some ways, if you face them head-on and deal with them as best you can.”

Despite widespread speculation this year would be Taylor’s last, the two-time All-Australia says retirement isn’t a certainty.

The West Australian said he hadn’t arrived at a decision on his future before COVID-19 turned the season on its head.

“I know there were some reports that I said that this was my last season – that wasn’t the case with me,” Taylor said.

“I certainly was just trying to approach it on a week-to-week basis, like I did last year, and I really enjoyed that mentality, and I thought that mentality really helped me.

“That was the way I was going to approach it again.

“To be honest, that will be same if we get back and, hopefully, forge out these 144 games we need to play.”

Renowned for his meticulous preparation, Taylor said he has adapted better than expected to the unique situation AFL players find themselves in.

“It’s funny. I’ve told a few people this time of year you do go into some form of isolation because you’re starting to get into the grind of the season,” he said.

“We’d be playing week four, and we’d be getting into that grind a little bit more.

“What that normally means for me, is that you wake-up, head into the footy club that I need to, and then come back home and either do a bit of study, relax, do some recovery, help get dinner ready and the kids to bed.

“You roll into a bit of a cycle.”

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