Magpie calls time on career

11 October 2020 19:32:04 GMTPlus11

Collingwood veteran Travis Varcoe says he has nothing left in the tank and has decided to call time on his 230-game AFL career.

The 32-year-old joined the Magpies from Geelong ahead of the 2015 season and went on to play 92 games during a successful time for the club.

However, he had his greatest success with the Cats, who he represented from 2006 to 2014, playing 138 games and helping them win the flag in both 2009 and 2011.

Varcoe's last appearance came back in round 18 against Port Adelaide, and after the Pies season came to an end against his former club Geelong on Saturday night, he opted to announce his retirement.

Varcoe has no complaints though and is just grateful to have had the career he has had.

"I've run my race," Varcoe said. "I don't have another season left in the tank. I leave feeling very fortunate and thankful for all that two wonderful clubs, Geelong and Collingwood, did for me and my family.

"I hope I was able to give something back to both of them in return for the support and care I received. As a footballer, you don't do it alone on or off the field."

Meanwhile, on hearing the news, Collingwood's general manager of football, Geoff Walsh, has also thanked Varcoe for his efforts over the years.

"At his best, Trav was a dynamic player who could hunt opponent or ball with real intent. He was what we needed when he joined us and he has never stopped being a solid member of the group," he said. "All of Collingwood thanks Trav, Kim and their family."

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