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Former Cat open to playing local

Melissa Hickey in action for Geelong. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

FORMER Geelong captain Melissa Hickey could be a star attraction in the AFL Barwon Women’s competition in 2021.

The star defender, who has taken an assistant coaching role with the Geelong Falcons, revealed she has spoken with some clubs about taking the field next year.

“When I retired, I was like, “I’m done; I’m well and truly done”,” Hickey said.

“But it’s an addictive game. It’ll just depend on my commitments down here (at the Falcons) and what it looks like over the winter.

“I think the boys get a bit of a break throughout the winter, so we’ll see.

“I haven’t really put it out there too much, to be honest. I’m not completely disregarding the idea.

“I’ll just see if the right opportunity pops up.”

Hickey, who turns 36 on December 18, played 25 AFLW games across stints at Melbourne and Geelong and was named in the 2017 All-Australian team.

She admits her body “had just had enough” when she drew the curtain on her glittering career, which included seven premierships at VFLW/VWFL level.

“Now that I’ve stopped, I’m in so much less pain,” Hickey said.

“If I want to go for a run and I feel good, I’ll do that. If I want to do a gym circuit, I’ll do that.  So, I’m not missing it from that point-of-view.

“Probably the mateship and the community feeling, I’ve been missing.”

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