Chris Tarrant
Chris Tarrant

Collingwood veteran Chris Tarrant has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old Magpies utility told team-mates after training on Monday that he will be hanging up the boots following an injury-interrupted 2012 campaign that's restricted him to just seven appearances so far.

An All-Australian in 2003 as a forward at Collingwood, Tarrant's currency at the club diminished somewhat over the next few seasons and he was eventually traded to Fremantle at the end of 2006 having played 161 games for the Magpies.

Tarrant's career at the Dockers appeared to be headed for the scrapheap before then Fremantle coach Mark Harvey opted to use him as a key defender for the 2009 season, the switch seeing Tarrant emerge as one of the competition's premier backmen over the next two years.

Set to come out of contract at the end of 2010, Tarrant was determined to come back to Melbourne to preferably play at Collingwood, with the defender threatening to retire from the game completely if a move back to Victoria wasn't forthcoming.

Ultimately Tarrant ended up returning to Collingwood for the start of the 2011 season, but his dream of playing in a Magpies premiership side following Grand Final heartbreak in 2002 and 2003, evaporated on the first Saturday in October last year as Geelong came from behind to seal a 38-point win.

Tarrant has played 191 matches with the Magpies so far and 72 at Fremantle, having kicked 366 goals.

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