And now Bell's returning
Maybe it's the good food that's enticing the old-timers back to South Fremantle...
ANOTHER old Bulldog has decided to go around one last time for WAFL club South Fremantle.
Hot on the heels of Jeff Farmer's decision to play again comes the shock announcement that Peter Bell, who retired mid-way through the 2008 AFL season, will play for the red and whites in 2009.
Bell won South's fairest and best award in 1994 in his first season and was the first player signed by the new AFL club Fremantle. He has played 34 games for the Bulldogs.
Bell, who will be 33 by the time the new season starts, certainly has nothing to prove. He played 286 games with North Melbourne and Fremantle, played in premiership teams with the Kangaroos in 1996 and 1999. He won North's best and fairest award in 2000 and Fremantle's in 2001, 2003 and 2004 and was twice named as an All-Australian.
The Bulldogs could now have a line-up that includes Bell, Farmer and former West Coast players Ashley Sampi and Jayme Graham.
Food note: It was reported in The West Australian that Bell let officials from South Fremantle know of his decision at a lunch at Joy Kitchen in Fremantle on Thursday. I'm often asked to recommend eating places in Freo and Joy Kitchen is at the top of my list.