‘Tough’ choice: Tarrant to retire despite ‘loving football’

CHRIS Tarrant did not want to spend the final year of his AFL career resenting football, prompting him to draw curtains at the end of 2012.

The 31-year-old felt it was the “right time” to retire from Collingwood, after 263 games at the highest level for both the Magpies and the Fremantle Dockers.

The Sunraysia product was drafted to the AFL in 1997 and after 15 seasons, he told his team following training on Monday that 2012 would be his last.

He said he was conscious of not playing into a season he would regret. 

“I’ve been around for a while and you do see people hang on a little bit too long … and play that extra year where they shouldn’t have, and end up playing in the reserves and resenting football a little bit,” Tarrant told Fox Footy on Tuesday night. 

“I’m still loving football and loving being around the club, and I thought this year I could end up playing hopefully in another successful finals series.”

After an injury-plagued year that started with foot issues in the pre-season and has seen him miss games because of a calf problem and most recently, shoulder soreness, Tarrant hinted last week he was leaning towards retirement.

“It’s tough to do. It’s been a long ride – 15 years is an incredibly long journey,” he said.

Tarrant last week told collingwoodfc.com.au he was aware the end of his career was near, but his motivation to play in next month’s finals series burned strongly. 

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Thursday's Sunraysia Daily 23/08/2012.

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