West Coast Eagles premiership forward Mark LeCras announces retirement
WEST Coast Eagles premiership forward Mark LeCras has hung up his boots.
The 219-game veteran, who said he was starting to wonder if he would experience the elation of a grand final win before the Eagles’ famous victory over Collingwood, met with coach Adam Simpson yesterday.
“I’m very comfortable with the decision,” LeCras said on the Eagles website today.
“I have had a couple of weeks to think about it, discuss it with my family and the club and it just feels like the right time.
“I couldn’t be happier after playing in a winning grand final with so many blokes who will be mates for the rest of my life. The last few weeks have been something really special and I’ll never forget the feeling when the final siren sounded.
“I was starting to wonder whether I’d ever get the chance to experience the elation that I have heard so many other players talk about. It’s everything they said and a little more.”
LeCras finished with 441 goals and is No. 3 on the Eagles goalkicking list.
The 2010 All Australian narrowly missed selection in the 2006 Eagles premiership team.
Chief executive Trevor Nisbett said LeCras, the 20th Eagle to reach the 200-game milestone, said “Mark has been a wonderful player for our club over the last 14 seasons”.
“Every West Coast fan probably felt something a little special for him when he was finally presented with his premiership medallion,” Nisbett said. “No one was more deserving.”