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Green joins Archer in retirement


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 retirees.

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 AFL Draft.

"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."

Kangaroos List Changes
Glenn Archer
Jonathan Hay
Kasey Green

Djaran Whyman
Callum Urch
Daniel McConnell
Ben Hughes (Rookie)
Tim Hutchison (Rookie)

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