Tarrant to hang up the boots

Sportal August 21, 2012, 8:55 am
Chris Tarrant

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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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  1. rob02:57pm Tuesday 21st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I agree with TJ. BLOWN8 should do the right thing and blow up!

  2. steve11:56am Tuesday 21st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well said TJ

  3. TJ11:44am Tuesday 21st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Nah Blown8, the funniest thing is when a talented footballer who has given so much to the game of footy, forget whether he is Pies, Dockers or whatever team, is put down by someone who has given nothing to the game, except probably the cowardly abuse from the safety of the crowd (or online). You have to respect any player who has kicked 366 goals and played his guts out. AFL is the winner in the end from having Taz as part of its history and players like him are the reason the AFL is the greatest game of footy in Australia.

  4. BLOWN810:57am Tuesday 21st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This bloke loves himself. Funniest thing ive seen on a footy field was when Mitch Clark took the #$%$ out of with, chest all poked out and stuff. Glad Tarrant never won a premiership, only players with ticker win premierships.

  5. andrew10:31am Tuesday 21st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    hope all goes good for you taz,and pies hope you get your asses kicked lol.

  6. Aussie_Chica10:03am Tuesday 21st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    All the best Taz!! Go Pies. :)