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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Luckless Fremantle Docker Michael Apeness calls time on AFL career

Luckless Fremantle big man Michael Apeness has announced his retirement at the age of 23.
The club had committed to re-drafting Apeness in Friday’s rookie draft after taking him from the primary list to make room for its national draft selections.
Apeness signed a one-year extension this year just before suffering a serious hamstring injury – the latest in a series of setbacks that restricted the 2013 No.17 draft selection to just 12 AFL games in five years.
The move clears the way for the Dockers to have a live pick in the rookie draft on Friday, meaning they will bring in five new players, with four selections in the national draft.
Freo will also re-rookie Ryan Nyhuis and Ethan Hughes in the rookie draft.
“Retiring is not a decision I’m taking lightly and I thank the Fremantle Football Club for their support in this process,” Apeness said.
“It’s been a long journey, considering all of the injuries I’ve had, and I thank my teammates, coaches and the Fremantle fans for their support throughout my career.”