Changing lives: What it’s like being a crisis-helpline volunteer

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“I was really nervous taking my first call,” Lifeline volunteer Mani recalls.


“Thinking, when I take that call, are the words going to come into my brain, and out of my mouth? Or am I going to go blank?”

Mani is a volunteer with Lifeline, a crisis support hotline and online service, helping hundreds of thousands of Australians get through some of the hardest times of their lives.

She’s part of an army of volunteers who man phones around the country, talking Australians in crisis through their darkest moments.

Mani talks about her experiences as a volunteer:Interestingly, it was a crisis of her own – a divorce – that sparked the decision to volunteer with Lifeline.

“I got divorced and it was sort of like ‘what do I want to do with my life’?” the 34-year-old says.

After some soul-searching, she quit her job as an accountant and started studying to become a psychologist.

She soon began volunteering at Lifeline to gain some relevant experience in her new career.

“This has some impact on the world, it changes people’s lives.”

“Part of my whole reason from changing to psychology from accounting was that I wanted my life to be more meaningful,” she says.

“This has some impact on the world, changes people’s lives. Every time I walk out, I think ‘you’ve potentially changed someone’s life today… you’ve cheered them up, you’ve given them hope, put a smile on their face’.”

‘You have good days and bad days’

It’s a sentiment echoed by James, who has been volunteering at Lifeline for two years.

“There are good days like that, where you feel like you’ve made a difference,” he says.

“You’ve given some people some support, you’ve made a connection with people so they feel that you’ve cared about them and that there are people who care about them and want to talk to them.”

But the 23-year-old says there can be bad days as well, leaving him feeling “emotionally exhausted” and at times, “physically drained”.

“After a bad day, I leave here feeling pretty drained,” he says. “You have good days and bad days.”

“There’s no such thing as a perfect call with someone in crisis.

James describes his first call:”You can be having a pretty relaxed day sometimes, and some regular calls, and then bang, you can take a call from someone who has overdosed, or are in harm.”

Lifeline answers around 2,000 phone calls every day at centres around the country. Around holiday periods like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, that number can escalate.

Last year, around Christmas and New Year, Lifeline received more than 18,000 calls.

The service is one of several crisis support lines around the country and relies on thousands of volunteers to provide help to those in need.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect call with someone in crisis.”

Like Mani, James started volunteering as a way to give back and gain experience in a relevant field. He eventually wants to become a qualified counsellor, working with people in crisis.

“Some of the issues are quite hard hitting – bankruptcy, suicidal thoughts, people who’ve been abused, people with drug issues, family issues.”

“There’s a lot of relationship breakdown out there, and it can be the heart of why people are in crisis.”

Despite all of this, Sally, a volunteer with Lifeline for 11 years, says she finds hope in the resilience of callers.

“I’m surprised sometimes when you think about the difficulties people experience in their everyday living,” she says.

“Callers are in a difficult position for one reason or another, and still manage to rise above, where many would crumble under the pressures that are being placed upon them.

Sally talks about her experiences as a volunteer:”Volunteering has certainly increased my sense of faith in human nature.

“But at the same time, it can be disturbing to think about what people can do to their family members and other members of the community.”

Of the roughly 2,000 calls Lifeline receives each day, around 50 are from people who are at high risk of suicide.

“Sometimes, even now, when you hear a particular tone of voice, you can just feel the heart going a bit faster,” Sally says.

There can be a sense of responsibility, she says, but experience can help steady nerves and “hopefully help to relieve the stress and tension for the caller.”

Sally’s journey with Lifeline seems almost fortuitous. More than a decade ago, she began toying with the idea of undertaking some sort of volunteer work as her children became older.

While she knew of the work Lifeline did, it was a stall at a local shopping centre that drew her to the organisation.

“I suppose it was an opportune moment really,” she recalls.

“I don’t know if I’d made a conscious decision that it was the year I was going to volunteer.

“It sort of came up, talking about the training, and I thought it would be really useful to do that, and at the same time, give something back to the community.”

It’s an opinion that’s also held by Mani and James. While the work can be rewarding, and at times difficult, the three volunteers all say the communication skills they’ve learnt during their time at the crisis support hotline have had flow-on benefits in their lives.

“I’m definitely more vigilant around my friends or family.”

For Sally, a healthcare worker, learning to be impartial and simply listening are some skills she’s been able to transfer into her work and personal life.

“When people say you’re a nice listener, it’s nice, and you think ‘that’s what I’m supposed to do’!”

James says his volunteer experience has made him more aware of problems his friends and family are facing.

“I’m definitely more vigilant around my friends or family,” he says.

“I can manage my own crises now, and it’s given me better self-worth. I feel like I’ve got a purpose in life.”

“I always call myself a selfish volunteer because I’m getting so much out of it,” Mani says with a laugh.

“I don’t know if I’m giving back enough.”

Find more information on volunteering at Lifeline here.

Readers seeking support and information can contact: Lifeline 13 11 14, Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 or the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 

PM puts on a confident face amid leadership speculation

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(Transcript from SBS World News Radio)

It’s too early to say whether Prime Minister Tony Abbott has succeeded in staving off a leadership challenge following his speech to the National Press Club aimed at resetting his government’s agenda and convincing his colleagues he’s the right man for the job.


The speech on Monday has met with mixed reaction from within the Coalition ranks with some suggesting that more time is needed before axing a first term PM.

Mr Abbott is playing down reports about the leadership intentions of his deputy Julie Bishop and has refused to say if she has promised not to challenge him.

But as Amanda Cavill reports the speculation about Ms Bishop is another blow to the PM’s leadership, which has been battered by the disastrous Queensland election and the Prince Philip knighthood.

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Mr Abbott has sidestepped questions over whether deputy Julie Bishop refused to give him a commitment she would not challenge for the leadership.

It’s being reported Mr Abbott made the request of Ms Bishop at a meeting between the pair in Sydney on Sunday.

But he’s refused to answer direct questions about the issue.

“What I am determined to do is give Australia back the certainty and stability that people crave. People want a Government which is focused on doing the right thing by them, not focused on itself. Are are you prepared to call a spill -No. Have you sought assurance from Julie Bishop that she won’t challenge you? Look Julie and I have lots of talks, we’re friends, we’re colleagues, we are part of the leadership team and we support each other.”

All eyes are on the trio of the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.

All three say they don’t support those backbenchers who claim to be acting on their behalf.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says he knows Mr Turnbull is not planning a challenge, and while he isn’t aware if Mr Abbott has held talks with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Ms Bishop should also rule out a challenge for the sake of stability.

“I can’t confirm that. I wasn’t at the dinner. I was in Queensland working on the state election. The reality is though we need a strong focused approach at the beginning of this year. We need to get on with government and talk about leadership is a distraction that needs to be put to Bed. So I’d call on both Malcolm, who I know is not planning any leadership challenge because he gave me that assurance but I also call on Julie Bishop to make that assurance.”

Treasurer Joe Hockey says Mr Abbott will lead the Coalition to the next election.

Mr Hockey has dismissed as gossip the reported account of Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop’s meeting, while suggesting his colleagues should end their leadership chatter.

“There is no good that can come from having constant change in leadership when Australians want us to focus on what’s good for them, rather than what’s good for ourselves.”

The opposition says changing leader wouldn’t help the government’s position.

Opposition Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen says the real question is whether the Liberal Party realises that its problem is not only the leadership but its policies.

“Would Julie Bishop drop the plan for $100,000 university degrees? Would Mal Brough drop the charge to go to the doctor? Would Malcolm Turnbull drop the cuts to the ABC and SBS? The Australian people are rejecting this Government partly because of their leader but more importantly because of their policies. Well, this leadership de stabilisation and speculation continues to have an effect on the Australian economy and on confidence.”

Mr Abbott is meeting with his cabinet and wider ministry in Canberra this week to discuss the government’s agenda and priorities for the year.

His colleagues are expected to air their concerns about his standing.

But Mr Abbott has played down the gathering as a standard, start of year, cabinet meeting before parliament resumes next week.










NFL QB Johnny Manziel enters rehab

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has entered a rehabilitation treatment program, the NFL team announced on Monday following a season where the high-profile rookie’s off-field partying lifestyle hindered his on-field development.


Manziel, a first-round NFL Draft pick last year known as “Johnny Football” since his college star days at Texas A&M, began his rehab work last Wednesday, the Browns said.

“We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said.

“Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns.

“We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player.

“Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”

Manziel, selected 22nd in the 2014 draft, began the season as a backup to journeyman Brian Hoyer.

After two late-season starts for the Browns, Manziel was fined for missing treatment on a sore hamstring and being late, purportedly for oversleeping the day before the final game, although ESPN said team sources found Manziel appeared to have partied heavily the night before.

Manziel was photographed in the days after the season partying in Miami, Houston and Aspen, Colorado.

“Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the offseason,” said Brad Beckworth, a Manziel family friend and adviser.

Super Bowl 49 sets viewer record

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New England’s dramatic victory over Seattle in Super Bowl 49 was the most watched show in American television history, seen by a record 114.


4 million US viewers, telecaster NBC says.

The Patriots’ 28-24 triumph over the Seahawks in the National Football League’s championship spectacle on Sunday lured 2.2 million more viewers than the previous record holder, the telecast of last year’s Super Bowl when Seattle routed Denver.

“Last night’s Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl ranks among the most exciting sporting events in US history,” NBC Sports group chairman Mark Lazarus said.

“Super Bowl 49 delivered for all of our partners, proving once again that the Super Bowl is the most dominant and consistent property on television.”

The Patriots rallied from a 24-14 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns and denied Seattle from the one-yard line in the dying seconds to capture the crown.

Seven of the eight most watched shows in US history are Super Bowl telecasts, with the past six NFL title games filling the top six spots ahead of the only scripted program, the 1983 final episode of the TV series M.A.S.H., which attracted a US audience of 106 million people.

Sunday’s game drew a 47.5 rating and a 71 share, becoming the highest-rated Super Bowl since 1986 when Chicago defeated new England in Super Bowl 20.

It ranks as the fourth-highest rated telecast ever and ninth in US TV history, the only one in the top six from the past 29 years as audiences have enjoyed greater viewing options with the evolution of cable and satellite telecasts.

Rating is a measure of potential audience members tuned into a program at a given time, while share is the percentage of people watching television tuned into a specific show at a certain time.

Viewership peaked at 120.8 million viewers during the fourth quarter, when Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Tom Brady completed 13-for-15 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns to rally New England to victory.

Katy Perry’s half-time show was watched by 118.5 million viewers.

Viewership figures are determined by calculating the average number of people watching over the course of the entire game.

Boston, the home market for the Patriots, led US major metropolitan areas in ratings with its best mark ever at a 61.0 rating and 85 share. Seattle shared 17th on the list with a 52.1 rating and 89 share.

Jewish law stopped Vic sex abuse reports

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The father of three boys sexually abused at a Jewish school was so fearful of being shunned by his community for breaching an ancient principle that he didn’t report the crime to police.


Zephaniah Waks insists breaking a code of silence by telling non-Jewish authorities about abuse by a Jewish man without permission from senior Rabbis was a taboo on a par with incest.

One witness, known as AVC, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse that rabbis preached hellfire and damnation for people who breached the mesirah.

Mr Waks, a father of 17, says he feared being shunned and intimidated.

“It was taboo, like, incest or anything like that. It was that big a taboo,” he told the commission on Tuesday.

The response of Melbourne’s Yeshivah College and Yeshivah Centre to sexual abuse allegations has been put under the microscope in the first two days of public hearings.

The commission has heard former Yeshivah Centre director Rabbi Dovid Groner, who died in 2008, knew of allegations as early as 1986 but did nothing about them.

AVC, the wife of a victim due to give evidence on Wednesday, said on Tuesday the community’s reaction to finding out about the abuse made her ill.

“I watched in horror as my community, the Jewish community, has responded to knowledge of child sexual abuse with moral destitution,” she said.

“I couldn’t stop imagining all these victims as little boys – confused, hurt and ashamed by what had been done to them, boys who kept their secret or told their rabbi, only to be met with bewildering or tactless questions or the response that they shouldn’t tell lies.”

Her husband was abused by David Cyprys and Daniel Hayman, both of whom have since been convicted.

Mr Waks’ eldest son Manny was also abused by Cyprys, while two of his younger children were abused by former primary school teacher Rabbi David Kramer who was also later convicted.

Rather than contact police, Mr Waks went to then Yeshivah College principal Rabbi Abraham Glick and was shocked when he learned Rabbi Kramer had partly admitted to the abuse.

Mr Waks said the Yeshivah Centre committee then paid for Kramer to leave the country.

Since his son Manny went public about his ordeal four years ago, he had been effectively excommunicated, Mr Waks said.

“We felt like we were suddenly reduced to nothing, and had lost all our friends,” he said.

Mr Waks and his wife have now moved to Israel.

The hearing is expected to continue for two weeks.

Nines debacle maybe not be so bad: Broncos

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Crashing out at the Auckland Nines may not be such a bad thing after all, stand-in Broncos skipper Andrew McCullough says.


Brisbane were one of the tournament flops in coach Wayne Bennett’s official return to the club, winning just one of three games.

It was in contrast to their stellar 2014 run in which they just fell short in the inaugural Nines final against North Queensland.

But McCullough did not believe it would affect their confidence in 2015 as they switched their focus on their hectic pre-season trial schedule.

“We were runners-up at the Nines last year and just scraped into the eight (in NRL season proper) – it can go both ways,” he said of their post-Nines fortunes.

“We put some kilometres in the legs in Auckland but the 13-man trials start now.

“Wayne didn’t speak about winning or losing – it was about effort (in Auckland).

“Those good habits can come through now.

“We have some quality trials coming up. That’s going to be the crunch games for us.”

New Zealand Test forward Adam Blair is set to make his Broncos debut in Saturday night’s trial against the Cowboys in Mackay, part of an unprecedented pre-season schedule.

Bennett will juggle his squad with Brisbane set to fly out to the UK for an expanded World Club Challenge clash with Wigan on February 21 – the same weekend the club contests a trial against Queensland Cup side Redcliffe.

Bennett will also coach the NRL All Stars team on February 13.

“There’s a bit of travel. I think we are only home six days in February,” McCullough said.

“It’s pretty full on but that is the way it is.

“You just have to roll with it.”

NRL All Stars representative Corey Parker, Indigenous All Stars Sam Thaiday and Justin Hodges aren’t expected to feature in the Mackay trial.

Neither will the recovering Jack Reed, Matt Gillett, David Stagg, Corey Oates, Jarrod Wallace and Dale Copley, who all have shoulder injuries.

Emotions to run high for Indo-Pak tie in Adelaide

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The Pool B contest was sold out in 20 minutes and no other team in world sport will be under as much pressure as the two that day with 1.


3 billion unforgiving cricket-crazy fans following the contest ball by ball.

Emotions run high every time the south Asian neighbours, who have fought three wars since independence and share frosty relations over the Kashmir region they both claim, clash on a cricket ground.

Pakistan, champions in 1992, have never beaten twice winners India at a World Cup.

Many of their fans would not mind their team crashing out from the World Cup early, providing they beat their neighbours. The rivalry assuming the Orwellian concept of serious sport – war minus shooting.

“For many, it’s bigger than World Cup,” former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar told a cricket conclave in Delhi on Monday.

“It completely locks out 1.3 billion people. The tension is unbearable and the players’ effort level doubles. We could never beat India in World Cup but, God willing, that would soon happen,” said the quick known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express’.

A veteran of many such contests, Harbhajan Singh was part of the eventual champion Indian team who beat Pakistan in the 2011 semi-final at Mohali, a contest that gave him sleepless nights.

“The dressing room atmosphere is always tense,” said the feisty off-spinner who could not make the cut for this year’s World Cup.

“Much before the dressing room, you think about it in your hotel room. Before last World Cup’s match in Mohali, I could not sleep the night before, thinking what if we lose.

“Fortunately we won the next day and again I could not sleep, this time because I was so overjoyed.

“A defeat against Pakistan means media would roast us and fans would pelt stones at our house,” said the 34-year-old.

His team mate from the 2011 squad, Piyush Chawla, said the pressure does not come from the team management.

“It comes from elsewhere. Even family members and friends remind us it’s a match against Pakistan,” said the 26-year-old leg-spinner.

“Fielding in the deep, you often hear the crowd behind warning you ‘better win this match or it won’t be easy to get out of the stadium’.”

(Editing by Patrick Johnston)

Indonesia’s drugs strategy under fire

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Indonesia’s strategy in its war against drugs is under attack, with lawmakers airing concerns over the prison drug culture and experts challenging the deterrent effect of the death penalty.


President Joko Widodo has already sent six death row drug offenders to the firing squad this year, and Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be among the next.

Mr Joko says the death penalty is needed because Indonesia’s future is under threat from a “drugs emergency”.

His position is based on a study by the National Narcotics Board (BNN) which finds up to 50 Indonesians die from drug-related causes each day.

Under pressure at a parliamentary hearing in Jakarta on Monday, BNN chief Anang Iskandar reportedly admitted prison guards were involved in distributing drugs behind bars.

He told reporters the BNN was aiming to dismantle up to 50 prison drug networks, as well as rehabilitate 100,000 drug addicts this year.

Mr Anang backed the death penalty as a strong deterrent, as long as executions were carried out regularly.

“If we do it in 2015, the next one should not be in 2016 or once a year, this will not create a deterrent effect,” he said.

“A deterrent effect is only caused by continuous executions and the time interval between should not be too long either.”

Indonesia’s Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, an independent research institute, says the evidence does not support the idea that capital punishment is a deterrent.

“It’s a myth,” institute director Supriyadi W. Eddyono said.

“Many studies have shown it.

“I find the BNN is not consistent either.

“There’s the death penalty for some and on the other hand, there are domestic drug dealers who receive remission.

“If they want to make tighter laws for drugs offenders, they should also limit the remission given to drug offenders.”

The institute is also preparing a legal challenge to Supreme Court advice to limit the number of judicial reviews, known as PKs, to one per convict.

The courts are now considering an application from Chan, 31, and Sukumaran, 33, for a second judicial review.

Their lawyers argue past errors were made in their case and that the Bali Nine ringleaders are reformed after 10 years’ jail.

Indonesia’s Attorney-General HM Prasetyo says the application does not alter his plans to include the Australians in the next round of executions, on a date to be determined.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reportedly been advised there is nothing that can be done to save the two Australians from execution.

The message was conveyed to Mr Abbott on Australia Day by Indonesia’s ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, News Corp Australia reports.

Two celebrated Melbourne artists, Ben Quilty and Matthew Sleeth, visited Kerobokan prison on Tuesday for a prison art workshop that had been planned some time ago.

Quilty said both Sukumaran and Chan are doing well.

“They are carrying an enormous weight on their shoulders, but they are still hopeful,” he told reporters.

Sleeth said it would be a shame to end their lives when they had done so much to rehabilitate prisoners.

“I would like to see the Indonesian authorities celebrate their success in this rehabilitation and in the art room, and keep it going.”

Interest rates cut to record low

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(Transcript from SBS World News Radio)

As the Reserve Bank of Australia prepared to announce whether it would move to cut interest rates today, economists were suggesting it was a 50-50 proposition.


Plenty of reason to do it, plenty of reason not to.

But when it, indeed, happened, it still packed a surprise for some.

Ron Sutton takes a look why.

(Click on the audio tab above to hear the full report)

On the one hand, there was an argument for cutting the interest rate, essentially that, for the sake of economic growth and jobs, it was time to make a move.

On the other hand, there was an argument for doing nothing, that the weaker Australian dollar and the collapse in the world oil price were enough to spur the economy.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has decided on the former, dropping the cash rate for the first time in a year and a half, from 2.5 per cent to a record low 2.25.

It was, says University of Sydney economist Dr Mike Rafferty, a surprising act of activism by a Reserve Bank not known for such things.

“We’re seeing this across the world, and this is really interesting. A lot of central banks across the world are now being quite activist about rates of economic growth. So it’s a very interesting time in central banking.”

Canada’s central bank surprised economists there by reducing interest rates last month.

And the European Central Bank announced a money printing program of more than a trillion euro.

In Australia, Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens says the available information suggests the country’s economic growth is continuing at what he calls a “below trend” pace.

And he says, in a statement released by the Bank, domestic demand growth, overall, is quite weak.

“The board judged that, on balance, a further reduction in the cash rate was appropriate. This action is expected to add some further support to demand, so as to foster sustainable growth and inflation outcomes consistent with the target.”

Treasurer Joe Hockey has welcomed that thinking.

“I have no doubt that this cut in interest rates will help to lift business confidence and consumer confidence, and that means more jobs for Australians. We obviously live in a low interest world. The majority of our trading partners, apart from China, have virtually zero interest rates. So the Reserve Bank does have more room to move.”

Mike Rafferty, from the University of Sydney, brings up that same point and says, indeed, he expects a second rate cut this year.

And Dr Rafferty’s guess is, since this first move came earlier than many economists expected, the second move may not be far behind.

“The trouble with the interest rates is they have a time lag. They take time to sort of impact. So it really means that this rate cut really won’t have a significant impact for several months. And it’s likely, in that situation, that the Reserve Bank’s probably not going to wait that several months to see whether this one works. They may even be tempted to go again. So, it’s interesting times, again, as I said. This is, in some ways, uncharted waters for central banking, not just in Australia but internationally.”

Some economists had voiced concern a rate cut could inflate already high house prices, and Dr Rafferty says Australia saw a couple of years ago how fast that can happen.

But Joe Hockey says an International Monetary Fund report due out within days will show, globally, economic obstacles remain a concern.

And, back home, he says he expects the banks to pass on the rate cut immediately — and not just for housing loans.ho

“I also expect this to be passed through, particularly, for small business owners and to be passed through for everyone that has a credit card. We expect this to cut through right across the spectrum of credit.”





Gallen eyes 2016 NRL swansong

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Paul Gallen has revealed he has pencilled in 2016 as his NRL swansong.


The NSW State of Origin captain has opened up on his future, revealing his desire for a one-year contract extension with Cronulla for next year before likely finishing his career in the English Super League.

The 33-year-old warhorse said he was feeling as fit as ever after his first full pre-season in seven years, and had no thought of ending his career after 2015 or stepping down from representative football earlier.

Gallen began talks on a contract extension last season before then CEO Steve Noyce was squeezed out of the embattled club.

He said he was was keen to pick up negotiations with current club CEO Lyall Gorman and begin planning for the end of his career.

“Another year (would be ideal),” he said.

“I know I’m getting on in age but this is the first time I’ve done a pre-season before Christmas since 2007 – it’s been a really long time because of the tours I’ve been on.

“Physically I’m still right up there in terms of strength and fitness, so I’m not falling behind in areas there and still training really good and I still really love the sport.

“I think one more year and then I’ve always said I wouldn’t mind going overseas.”

One of the few 80-minute forwards in the competition, Gallen said he would probably scale back his playing minutes this year because of the young talent coming through the club.

He was excited about the likes of Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird and touted the possibility of Wade Graham taking over the club captaincy or co-captaincy next year.

“I’ve had a lot of influence on Wade’s career and he’s said to me and publicly that I’m the only reason that he’s at the club,” Gallen said.

“I got on really well with him and I think the world of him and that’s one thing I said to Noycey (Noyce) – if I did stay on, I’d like to give Wade the captaincy, if not the co-captaincy.”