Decorated Perth midfielder and former Fremantle star Troy Cook will play his final WAFL game this week after announcing his retirement.

Cook, who has played 302 games of AFL and WAFL football, has decided his ageing body and increasing off field commitments – combined with Perth’s lack of success this year – have made it the right time to end his career.

“I was almost going to give it away at the start of this season but I decided to play on with the hope of winning enough games to make the finals and just help the boys out. But unfortunately it looks like finals will be out of reach for us and I’m not enjoying my footy as much,” the 33-year-old said.

“I’m really thankful for all of the opportunities the club has given me and I’ll always have good memories. Starting out in my first pre-season back in 1993 and then coming back to be captain after finishing AFL was great.”

Cook’s final game will be against Peel at Eftel Oval on Saturday.

The Carnarvon-born player joined Perth in 1993 and made his debut a year later, before being drafted into the AFL by Sydney in 1996.

After 43 games for the Swans, he headed back to WA for the start of the 2000 season and went on to play 150 games for the Dockers, winning the club best and fairest award in his first year and becoming a life member.

Troy Cook factfile

Perth games: 107
Fremantle games: 150 (life member)
Sydney games: 43
Finals games: 5 (3 Fremantle, 2 Sydney)
AFL debut: Round 3, 1997 v Melbourne, SCG
Fremantle debut: Round 1, 2000 v Geelong, Subiaco Oval
WA State of Origin Representative 1997, 1998
Runner-Up Sandover Medal 1996
Rising Star Nomination 1997
Doig Medal – Fremantle’s Fairest and Best 2000
Fremantle Dockers Best Clubman 2005

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