North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has reportedly sounded out Paul “The Big Fish” Salmon about a possible return to elite football as the Kangaroos continue their desperate attempt to lure a big name player. Club insiders suggest that Scott called Salmon late last night, just hours after Andrew Gaff informed the Kangaroos that he wouldn’t be accepting their lucrative offer.
One insider told The Watsonia Bugle, “They’re just getting really desperate now. Actually, it’s become obsessive. They feel they need to get at least one big fish just to save face. So even if Salmon doesn’t play a game next season they can at least say they got a big fish to North.”
While Salmon hasn’t played at the AFL level for over 16 years now, he does have form in staging a late-career comeback to the game. In 2002, legendary Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy famously lured The Big Fish out of retirement, with Salmon playing 15 games for the Bombers before permanently retiring at the end of the season.
Whether the former All-Australian, and Hawthorn Team of the Century member, intends to play for North Melbourne next year remains unclear. However, with Salmon turning 54 before the beginning of the next AFL season, any return would seem unlikely at this stage. The Big Fish did not return any of our calls this morning.