Sydney Swans midfielder Ryan O’Keefe has called time on his storied career just three days out from the AFL grand final.
The 33-year-old made over 286 appearances for the club, making his debut in 2000. However, the 2012 Norm Smith medalist struggled for game time this season – only playing in four matches.
The dual premiership winner fronted the media earlier today along side fellow recent retirees Jude Bolton and Lewis Roberts-Thomson, who spoke of the Swans’ chances ahead of this week’s grand final against Hawthorn.
O’Keefe put to bed any speculation of him joining a rival AFL side by retiring and has now set his sights on becoming a first grade coach.
“I could have played on but I’m really aspiring to coaching and looking at a few opportunities.” O’Keefe told media at the SCG.
The 1999 draft pick has been rumoured to take a coaching position at the Adelaide Crows although refused to comment on the matter.
Bolton, Roberts-Thomson and O’Keefe all rated this Swans team as one of the best in recent times and favourite to take out their second flag in three years. – Chris Matthews-Darby
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