The former Reading, Wolves and Everton goalkeeper is back at his old club more than 15 years after he left and has revealed that coming out of his premature retirement was not a hard decision to make despite having plenty of other things to do in his life.
"I was really retired. I was really retired. I was enjoying sitting in my cabin,” he told reporters after training on Monday.
“I started about 10 different projects that need to be done. The decks have to be ripped up and all these different things. I've already pressure-washed and I have to paint the deck and do all these things, because now I'm retired – you can't pay someone to do that anymore. You know what I mean?
“That's stuff that you have to do. I'm like, 'Oh my gosh.' That, and I have to go into work. You're just like, 'Oh my gosh. Every day.' I don't know. It's pretty amazing. Just sitting in the locker room before training and just looking around, I was like, 'I can't believe I'm here.' "
Hahnemann also said that it was a great feeling to be back playing professionally in Seattle with a group of people that really wanted him at the club.
"I was blown away. I talked to (GM Adrian Hanauer) last week and he just said, 'Look, there might be a way we can do something. Do you still want to play?' and I was like, 'Really?' He was like, 'Yeah. Come out and train’,” he added.
“So I came out and trained with (goalkeeper coach Tommy Dutra and Andrew Weber) and went for an hour and (Hanauer) goes, 'You still want to play?' And I go, 'For you guys, yeah.' It was simple as that."