KANGAROOS midfielder Kasey Green has played his last AFL
game, with the former West Coast grand final player telling coach Dean Laidley
that he is keen to return to his native Perth.
Green, who came to the club at the beginning of 2006, announced
his retirement yesterday joining Glenn Archer and Jonathan Hay as 2007
The club has also delisted a further three players from its
senior list, with Djaran Whyman, Callum Urch and Daniel McConnell released.
Rookie-listed players Ben Hughes and Tim Hutchison have also
been told they won't be required in 2007.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kasey
Green for his commitment over the past two years," Kangaroos general manager
football operations, Donald McDonald said.
"He is a credit to himself and his family and we wish
him well on his return to Perth."
Green's AFL career ends after 93 games (West Coast 54,
Kangaroos 39) since making his debut in 2000.
The popular clubman came to Melbourne to add to his games tally with the
Roos after being taken with the club's 45th selection in the 2005
"I would like to thank the Kangaroos for giving me an
opportunity to further my career for two years," Green said.
"My wife, Jane and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Melbourne and thank
everyone involved who made us feel at home through the fantastic culture at
this club," Green said.
"Football has been a big part of both our lives and we
are looking forward to moving onto the next phase of our lives back in Perth."
McDonald added it was a tough time for clubs and players.
"As well as the retirements we have made some tough
decisions to let some guys go," McDonald said.
"We appreciate the efforts of the all the players
involved and we wish them all the very best in the future."
Ben Hughes (Rookie)
Tim Hutchison (Rookie)