Lavington veteran Adam Butler has hinted at retirement.
The 39-year-old stopped short of declaring he's played his last game, but indicated last Saturday's thrilling nine-point win over Wodonga will influence his decision.
COVID forced the final round to be cancelled, meaning the premiers finished the season in sixth position, with five wins and eight losses from the shortened season.
"If I think I can have an impact, I think I probably will play, but watching the young guys, watching (debutant) Nick Brennan, it highlighted maybe I need to let someone take that position from me," he suggested.
"If you asked me a couple of months ago, I would have said I wasn't (retiring), but after Wodonga, I just don't know how I feel about it (laughs)."
If it was Butler's last game, the key defender certainly tackled one of the league's most dangerous forwards in Hudson Garoni.
The Werribee forward played just two games in the O and M this season, kicking seven opposed to Lavington's Brant Dickson in round eight and followed it with six on Butler.
"I was spewing, he got a couple over the back late in the last quarter, which made it a bit worse, but I enjoy those challenges," he offered.
The fact Butler still enjoys the big tests could push him into another year, where he turns 40 in March.
The one-time Fremantle draftee joined Lavington in 2005 and played in a debut premiership.
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He experienced a host of soft-tissue injures before finally snaring his second flag against Wangaratta in 2019.
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