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‘We all know the last match is coming’: Mayne to retire at season’s end

Collingwood veteran Chris Mayne has told teammates this season will be his last.

The 32-year-old broke the news to teammates at training on Tuesday, joining Levi Greenwood in retirement at season’s end.

Chris Mayne will hang up his boots at season’s end.

Chris Mayne will hang up his boots at season’s end.Credit:Simon Schluter

“The time is right, personally and professionally,” Mayne told the club’s website.

“From a family perspective, Britt and I have two young children and we want them to settle and share more time with our families in Perth. From a football perspective, I don’t feel that I can squeeze much more out of myself.

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“I still love the game and want to continue trying to get a kick at some level next year, but at the highest level I recognise it’s getting tougher, not easier.”

Mayne will fall short of the 250-mark, having played 245 games to date across two clubs. He played 172 at Fremantle, where he booted 196 goals, making his name as a sharp-shooting set shot kick in 2012 when he kicked 39.7, and then again in 2013 in the Dockers’ grand final season, slotting 37.12.

He moved to Collingwood on a four-year deal at the end of 2016 as a free agent but played just three games in his first season at the Pies, maligned for his lack of output.

Mayne’s position at the club was being debated, with consternation over the process that led to him receiving a four-year deal and the contract terms with then Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley creating controversy when he said on SEN at the end of 2017 there were a few matters in relation to his recruitment that were not ideal.

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