Mitch Clark’s manager says the retired Melbourne forward is likely to attempt to restart his AFL career.
Melbourne want a say in Mitch Clark’s future if he tries to return to the AFL.
It emerged on Sunday that Clark, who retired this year aged 26 after battling depression, might attempt a comeback.
Clark was diagnosed with clinical depression and announced in March he was retiring immediately to concentrate on his health.
The Nine Network reported on Sunday that Clark was shaping up to return, but would not play for the Demons in 2015.
“He’s in great shape. It is more than likely he will put his hand up and attempt to get back into the AFL,” Clark’s manager Colin Young said in a statement to Nine.
Clark remains on Melbourne’s list and they have made it clear they want to talk to him if he goes ahead with a comeback.
“This decision by Mitch to investigate the potential of returning to play AFL is something we would expect Mitch to discuss with us,” Demons football manager Josh Mahoney told the AFL website.
“Our focus has been on Mitch’s health and wellbeing. When the decision was made earlier in the year, it was on the advice that removing the pressure of being an AFL player was the best thing for Mitch’s health.”
Clark suffered a series of injuries in a promising AFL career as a ruck-forward, which started in 2005 when he was drafted by Brisbane.