Dual Trevor Barker Award winner Sam Fisher admits his recent hamstring battles haven’t been ideal, given the length of time he has missed in the last year of his current contract.
The 34-year-old played nine of the first ten games before missing eight weeks due to a lingering hamstring strain. He returned against Carlton last Sunday where he nullified powerhouse forward Levi Casboult.
Fisher says he will meet with the club at the end of the season to determine whether his body is capable of coping with the rigours of another 12 months and to see if he still fits in the clubs plans moving forward.
“It all depends really, the injury that I’ve had over the last ten or so weeks hasn’t been ideal,” Fisher told Fox Sports’ AFL Tonight on Tuesday night.
“I started off the year really well I thought, played some consistent footy and played my role playing on the big monster forwards each week.
“So the injury wasn’t ideal, I’ve just got to get back and play the last three games – I played last week – so the last four games, see how the body goes and then sit down with the club at the end of the year and weigh it all up.
“I haven’t had any conversations yet (with the club), just that we’ll sit down at the end of the year, which is basically what I’ve done for the last three years anyway.
“I’ve been on one-year deals and had to wait right until right to the end firstly, if I wanted to go on and the club going forward what they needed on their list.”
St Kilda is two games adrift of eighth placed North Melbourne with three games to play, and remain in the hunt for a return to September for the first time since 2011.
Fisher, who has played in 13 finals including the 2009 and 2010 Grand Finals, believes the Saints can only worry about things within their control and not dwell on the mathematics associated with finals qualification.
“It’s fantastic that we’re talked about in finals but it’s obviously out of our control. We’ve just focused on playing our brand of football,” Fisher said.
“We’re just trying to play well and control what we can control and that’s how we prepare on a day-to-day basis, get the most out of ourselves at training and recover well. That’s the things that we can control.”