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Luke Power hangs up the boots and retires

Sportal September 18, 2012, 1:39 pm
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Triple premiership player Luke Power will move into a full-time coaching role at Greater Western Sydney after announcing his retirement on Tuesday.

Power played 302 AFL games over 15 seasons, winning three grand finals with Brisbane before joining the Giants at the end of 2011.

The 32-year-old, who shared the Giants' inaugural captaincy with Callan Ward and Phil Davis, will work under coach Kevin Sheedy as an assistant.

"A year ago when I retired from the Brisbane Lions I probably wasn't equipped to go in to a role in coaching or in football," Power said.

"Under the tutelage of a lot of people this year I've learned a lot about the game, a lot about myself and about teaching young players.

"I think it's the right time. I was pretty happy with what we were able to achieve this year and the best thing for me is what is best for the group going forward."

He added: "To get to 300 games was fantastic. It's an amazing milestone and I think it shows my longevity in the game and professionalism in being able to get up for a large number of games. That's probably something that I'm most proud of."

Power was drafted to the Lions with the fifth pick in the 1997 draft and earned All-Australian selection in 2004.

"Luke is one of the most respected people in the game and has been a wonderful leader for our young players on and off the field over the past 12 months," GWS chief executive David Matthews said.

"He will always have a special place in the history of this club as one of its inaugural captains."


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