Posted: 8 October, 2015
Fremantle have delisted tagger Ryan Crowley on the same day that Paul Duffield announced his retirement
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Fremantle delisted tagger Ryan Crowley on Thursday, a month after the tagger completed a one-year doping ban.
Crowley played 188 games for the Dockers, the last of which came late in the 2014 season.
A backdated one-year suspension for a banned substance ended midway through this year's finals campaign, but coach Ross Lyon resisted the temptation to call on him for the preliminary final against Hawthorn.
Also on Friday, utility Paul Duffield announced his retirement, ending a 171-match career.
But skipper and games record holder Matthew Pavlich insists he has yet to decide on his AFL future.
Speaking at his book launch in Perth on Thursday, Pavlich said he still had a couple of weeks to make up his mind, despite his young daughter's enthusiasm that he play on for one more year.
"I turned to her at one point and said 'what should daddy do next year?' and she looked at me and said 'daddy play footy'," he said, attracting a loud cheer from the audience.
Pavlich, who turns 34 in December, has played in a club record 335 games for the Dockers, where he has been since 2000.
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 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 nothing 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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