Hall open to call-up for Nations League
Freddy Hall has not ruled himself out of being available for Bermuda in the Concacaf Nations League, but he has other priorities to take care of when he returns home.
Hall, who turns 33 next month, has left Irish football club Limerick as he wanted to return to Bermuda, where he has a young child. The goalkeeper intends to resume playing but has not committed to a club.
“I actually had agreed to leave before the season even started, but because they had a goalkeeper on loan I was asked to stay for the first game,” Hall told The Royal Gazette.
“I will be back home in the near future, but I’m just going to enjoy this time off and look at my future and the options presented. My priorities right now are simply to focus on my family and the responsibilities I have.”
The former St George’s goalkeeper, who joined Limerick in August 2015, played his most recent match for Bermuda in June 2015 when he captained them in a World Cup qualifying match away to Guatemala.
Hall, Bermuda’s most experienced goalkeeper, would certainly give coach Kyle Lightbourne another option when the tournament begins in September.
The Nations League will also serve as a qualifying route to the Concacaf Gold Cup. The league’s structure will involve home and away matches and will give smaller countries such as Bermuda greater international exposure.
“I’ve heard about the Nations League and it’s a great opportunity for the national team and the country as a whole to get a consistent run of games,” Hall said.
“Football-wise, I haven’t really thought of the next move, but if needed and it works with my other endeavours I’d be more than willing to be a part of it.
“My age, when it comes to being a goalkeeper, is still very young. Who knows what the future holds.”
Hall has mixed emotions about leaving Limerick, where he was a valuable member of the team and popular with the fans.
“I have definitely enjoyed my time in Limerick,” he said. “I’ve met some great people and had some of the best footballing experiences of my career. The decision for me was a pretty easy one. I have always been able to use football as a place of serenity. Once I felt that it wasn’t the same, I knew it was time to move on.
“I definitely want to thank Limerick and their board for being understanding, especially because they were extremely reluctant to let me leave.”
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