Krakouer retires from the WAFL

Former Richmond and Collingwood star Andrew Krakouer has announced his retirement from the WAFL and West Perth. The Falcons revealed the news in a press statement on Thursday evening. Krakouer, the son of Claremont and North Melbourne great Jimmy Krakouer, debuted for Richmond in 2001 but had his AFL career interrupted when he was jailed for assault in 2008. He returned triumphantly in the WAFL with Swan Districts in 2010, leading the club to a remarkable grand final win over Claremont and earning a second AFL chance with Collingwood. Krakouer played in Collingwood’s 2011 grand final team but suffered a serious knee injury in 2012 and was delisted at the end of 2013. He has been limited to just three reserves and four league appearance so far this year with West Perth. The Falcons’ statement contained excerpts from a letter written by Krakouer. “I would like to thank everyone at the West Perth Football Club for the opportunities throughout my time at the club. I am extremely grateful with the chance they gave me at the latter point of my career. What they have done for my family and I, will be forever appreciated,” Krakouer said. “A major factor in me retiring from AFL football was my depleted motivation to carry out the demands required to play at the highest level. Upon my return to Perth at the end of 2013, my motivation to play the game at WAFL level was very high. “However I honestly feel that I can now no longer meet these requirements, and I feel that creating positions for new up and coming talent will be more beneficial for the West Perth Football Club.” Krakouer will continue his work with the West Perth Football Club in the community including his hands on role with the club’s Djinda Falcons program.  Krakouer finishes his career with 137 AFL games and 36 WAFL games.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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