Schneider keen to return
RETIRED AFL footballer Adam Schneider is keen to return home to Osborne for a guest appearance this season.
Schneider hung up the boots at the end of the AFL season after a decorated career that finished with 228 games, a premiership and two International Rules appearances.
Schneider has decided to step away from the AFL system altogether this year and has signed with Victorian Amateur Football Association team Beaumaris, while also pursuing a new business venture.
The 31-year-old has a six-week window at the start of the year where he is available to play guest games.
He is already playing alongside Stephen Milne for Tasmanian club Scottsdale on April 23 and is keen to potentially play a few games in the Riverina.
His home club Osborne is one such team he hopes to pull the boots on for.
“I’d like to,” Schneider said.
“I’ve thought about it and it’s something since the day I left that I’ve always wanted to do.
“I hope to this year but if not, definitely in the next year or two.
“I’m pretty keen to get back there and I think there’s a chance for a game in either round two or six.”
Osborne play Culcairn at home in round two, April 9, and host CDHBU in round six on May 7.
The Cats play arch-rivals Lockhart at home on April 23, but that is the day Schneider is already committed to Scottsdale.
Schneider said he is a fan of the guest appearance concept.
“It’s a great idea,” he said.
“Ive got a game in Tasmania, hopefully one at Osborne, I could even play one in the RFL too.”
One place Schneider does not expect to be is Essendon.
As a recently retired AFL player, Schneider would be a logical target to be used as a top-up player.
Schneider does not expect Essendon to come knocking.
“I would need to lose a few kilos,” he said with a laugh.
“I haven’t put much thought to it but I don’t think the phone will ring.
“It will be interesting to see what does happen there but I don’t expect a call. It’s going to be a tough year for them.”
Schneider has enjoyed life outside the AFL to date.
He is involved in a new venture called Coach Kings, a daily fantasy sport concept that can be played in pubs and clubs.
It will be launched in a “week or two”.
After initially being keen on coaching at an AFL club, he is happy with the direction he is headed.
“That’s what I thought I wanted to do and I’m still interested and love it but wanted to try something outside of footy,” he said.
“It’s pretty exciting.”