Tarrant to leave Fremantle
Star Fremantle defender Chris Tarrant has played his last game with his adopted AFL club.
Tarrant, 29, will advise Fremantle this weekend that he wants to be traded back to a Melbourne-based club after four years at the Dockers.
If the versatile big man can’t find a suitable trade, he will retire.
The 2003 All-Australian Collingwood forward has been waiting until Fremantle bowed out of the 2010 finals series before making his plans known to Dockers officials and into a public forum.
He will be targeted by Carlton, Hawthorn and possibly St Kilda to continue his colourful AFL career that started with the Magpies 13 seasons ago.
Tarrant could even just walk away from football after 233 games across stints at two clubs if a clean trade cannot be arranged between Fremantle and a new employer.
He told Dockers teammates that he is unlikely to even attend Fremantle’s fairest and best function in Perth early next month.
Tarrant packed up his furniture and personal belongings and moved back to Melbourne as his Dockers prepared for the club’s first ever final on the famous MCG.
Tarrant’s manager Paul Connors is expected to inform Dockers officials this weekend his client will head back to Melbourne.
If Fremantle had stayed in the premiership race with a win over reigning premiers Geelong in Melbourne in their semi-final showdown, Tarrant was prepared to make a last ditch bid for selection in the preliminary final against his old club Collingwood.
Tarrant is recovering from a serious knee injury when he damaged the medial ligament in his left knee against West Coast in Round 18 on August 1 and was expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks.
He was always unlikely to play in Fremantle’s finals campaign after his latest injury irrespective of how deep the Dockers survived into September.
Tarrant played less than a half in Round 18 after spending a month recovering from an Achilles heel injury he suffered in Round 13 against Carlton at Etihad Stadium.
The former Magpies heart-throb and his wife Lauren Strauss have been keen to return to Melbourne for the last two years.
Tarrant is likely to head to a club that offers an acceptable trade that benefits Fremantle’s immediate plans to continue rising as a premiership force within the next two to three years.
After four seasons and 72 games with Fremantle, Tarrant will be on the open market in the second week of October to test whether Melbourne-based clubs want a 30-year -old key backman.
Tarrant was transformed from a lead-up power forward into one of the AFL’s premier defenders over the past two seasons.
Tarrant and his management are expected to make an announcement on his future within days.