Troubled Fremantle Dockers forward Shane Yarran retires from the AFL

December 19, 2016 7:50pm
AFL, Domain Stadium. Fremantle Dockers v Western Bulldogs. Shane Yarran with the ball. 28/08/2016
AFL, Domain Stadium. Fremantle Dockers v Western Bulldogs. Shane Yarran with the ball. 28/08/2016

TROUBLED Fremantle forward Shane Yarran has retired from the AFL.  

The club announced this afternoon that the 27-year-old had chosen to retire in a mutual decision reached with the Dockers.

Yarran, who is facing two separate assault charges, was granted personal leave by Fremantle last month to deal with his off-field issues.

Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said the club would continue to support their fourth round pick from the 2015 national draft.

“We have met several times during the past two weeks and again today to discuss Shane’s welfare and the best way for him to cope with the personal and off-field matters he is facing,” Rosich said.

“A focus of those discussions was to establish a course of action that would best cater for Shane’s welfare in the long-term.

“It was agreed two weeks ago that allowing Shane to take a period of personal leave would allow sufficient time for him to focus on resolving his personal and off-field matters.

“However, upon further reflection by Shane and his management it was agreed that a longer-term solution was required, which would allow him to focus solely on his personal and off-field matters, without the pressure and demands of being an AFL footballer.

“It was agreed by all parties today that it was in Shane’s best interests that he retire from AFL football immediately.

“It was a difficult decision for Shane to reach but both he and his management believe that focusing on his personal and off-field matters at this time needs to take priority over his football career.”

A dual WAFL premiership player, Yarran played six AFL matches for Fremantle in 2016 in his only season at the club.