AFL Saints' Frawley retires a second time

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St Kilda veteran James Frawley has retired from the AFL for a second time, less than a year after he was lured out of retirement.

Frawley had retired at the end of the 2020 season before signing with the Saints, where his late uncle Danny Frawley was a club great, as a delisted free agent in November.

The 32-year-old was recruited to provide experience and strength to St Kilda's backline but he managed just two AFL games for the Saints amid multiple injury setbacks, with shoulder surgery ending his season in August.

"I've loved my time at St Kilda, albeit I spent more time on the sidelines than I would have liked," Frawley said.

"It's a club full of great people who all really embraced my family and I.

"I thank Brett Ratten, James Gallagher and Jarryd Roughead for the opportunity, and my family for allowing me to have one last crack.

"Now I'm looking forward to retirement and spending more time with the people I love."

The Saints lauded Frawley's leadership in his short stint at the AFL club.

"We'd like to congratulate James on his accomplished career and thank him for his contribution to the club," St Kilda list manager James Gallagher said.

"Despite only lining up in Saints colours twice, the influence and experience he's provided our young backline had been immense."

Frawley previously played 139 games for Melbourne between 2007 and 2014, and was an All-Australian defender in 2010.

He then crossed to Hawthorn, where he played 139 games from 2015-2020, including winning the 2015 premiership.

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