The Western Bulldogs have released a statement confirming the retirement of Travis Cloke.
The ex-Pie moved to Whitten Oval in October last year after 12 seasons at Collingwood, in which he made the All-Australian side twice, won the 2010 flag and was awarded the best and fairest in 2007.
The Dogs released this statement this morning:
Western Bulldogs forward Travis Cloke has announced his retirement after 13 seasons at the highest level
Cloke, who spent 12 seasons at Collingwood before switching to the Bulldogs at the end of the 2016 season, finished with 256 games and 452 goals to his credit.
He won a Collingwood Best and Fairest in 2007, played in the Magpies’ 2010 premiership and was twice an All-Australian.
“The list management committee has had a number of discussions since the completion of the free agency and trade period about the profile of our playing list for the 2018 season,” said Bulldogs’ List Manager Jason McCartney.
“We had a discussion with Travis and his management about the opportunities for him to play senior football in 2018, based on the make-up of the list and the players we have brought into the football club since the end of the season.
“A mutual decision was made based on those discussions, that Travis would retire from the game.
“We’d like to congratulate Travis on an outstanding career, for his contribution to the Western Bulldogs in 2017, and wish him and his family the best for the future.”
Cloke played 10 games in 2017 for the Bulldogs, and kicked 11 goals.
“It’s important to acknowledge the career Travis has had in the game. To finish as a premiership player and notch over 250 games is a fantastic career, and he should be very proud of everything he has achieved,” said Bulldogs’ Director of Football, Chris Grant.
“We thoroughly enjoyed having him at the Club in the last 12 months, and we wish him well."
Cloke said: “The fire was still there to play on, but I appreciate the Club being honest about my prospects of playing senior football next year.”