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Duffield and Crowley to depart

Paul Duffield speaks about life after footy. Paul Duffield has announced his retirement.

Fremantle Dockers Life Member Paul Duffield is set to retire from the AFL after 171 games for the club.

The 30-year-old was part of Fremantle’s inaugural Grand Final side in 2013 and became a Life Member in 2014.

Duffield worked tirelessly for his chance to play AFL football after he was initially drafted at pick 10 in the 2003 Rookie Draft and re-drafted in 2005.

He joins club legend Luke McPharlin who announced his retirement last week, after 16 AFL seasons.

2012 Doig Medallist Ryan Crowley has been delisted and will also depart the club after 188 games.

Crowley, who is a Life Member, reignited his playing career under senior coach Ross Lyon in 2012 and became an elite player of the competition.

General manager of football operations Chris Bond said Duffield and Crowley had given significantly to the club over a number of years.

“Paul is a Life Member and has spent his entire career at Fremantle,” Bond said.

“He has been a strong part of our recent on-field success and helped develop our younger players by sharing his valuable knowledge of the game.

“Ryan became the competition’s premier tagger and has been a popular player around the club and with fans.

“He left it all out on the ground during his 188 games for Fremantle.”

Fremantle have also delisted senior listed players Max Duffy and Josh Deluca along with rookie listed players Jacob Ballard and Craig Moller.

However, the club has committed to re-drafting 19-year-old Deluca in November’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

“We certainly don’t take these decisions lightly but our focus must be on developing the best list for the future success of the club,” Bond said.

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