The reshaping of Hawthorn’s ageing list hasl continued after premiership defender James Frawley joined three teammates in retirement.
A decision on his future was looming as the Hawks look to bounce back up the ladder in 2021 without all seven players aged over 30 who were in the squad in 2020.
Frawley, 32, played a crucial role in the club’s 2015 premiership after crossing from Melbourne. He joined Ben Stratton. Paul Puopolo and Ricky Henderson in calling time.
Shaun Burgoyne, who is 37, has re-signed for one more season with Ben McEvoy (31) and Isaac Smith (31) the other over 30s still on the list,.
Frawley, who was All-Australian in 2010, played exactly 100 games with the Hawks, finishing with 239 career matches.
“I would like to thank my beautiful wife, Kasey, for being by my side and riding every high and low of the past 10 years with me,” he said.
“My little boy Sonny for being an absolute joy over the last year.
“I would especially like to thank all my teammates over the journey, I have made so many friendships that will last way beyond football and for that I am so thankful.
“My family and friends have been there since day one, particularly my parents.
“The coaching and support staff for their unwavering support of me over my time at both Hawthorn and Melbourne Football Clubs.
“I am looking forward to the next chapter with my family, whatever that may bring.”
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said “Chip” had taken on some of the game’s great forwards
“His capacity to negate the influence of the opposition‘s most potent key forwards was clearly evident in our 2015 premiership campaign where he limited the influence of Taylor Walker (Adel), Matthew Pavlich (Frem) and Josh Kennedy (WCE) in successive weeks.
“Across his career, he has been reliable and disciplined, using his speed and strength to great effect. His country background and humility endeared him to all, especially his teammates, many of whom will be lifelong mates.