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Monfries retires from AFL football after distinguished career at Port, Essendon

Matthew Agius  October 10, 2017 3:45 PM

Monfries calls time - PTV Veteran forward Angus Monfries has announced his retirement from AFL football after 13 seasons that produced 211 games and 248 goals.
It’s been a privilege to be associated with some fantastic people in our sport and establish lifelong relationships that I’ll value forever.

ANGUS MONFRIES has retired from AFL football after a 13-year career at the top flight.

The veteran forward's 211 games and 248 goals at Port Adelaide and Essendon with highlights including finals campaigns and International Rules selections. 

Undoubtedly, his incredible Showdown 35 goal will remain part of football folklore - that goal in the Power's thrilling come-from-behind win over the Crows coming as part of a career-best season.

“I have had a wonderful opportunity to be a part of two great football clubs,” Monfries told portadelaidefc.com.au.

“It’s been a privilege to be associated with some fantastic people in our sport and establish lifelong relationships that I’ll value forever.

“AFL has been a huge part of my life. While my time playing at the highest level has come to an end, I’m looking forward to making a valuable contribution to the industry in some way.”

Arriving at Port Adelaide as a former Essendon leading goal kicker with 150 games and two elimination finals already under his belt, Monfries impacted quickly with the Power and featured prominently in the Power's 2013 and 2014 campaigns. 

His career was dealt a brutal blow along with 34 other then-current and past Bombers players as part of the Court of Arbitration for Sport ban imposed for the 2016 season.

Monfries, along with Power teammate Paddy Ryder, was forced to sit out the season and train in isolation from their fellow players. 

He was given a new contract for 2017 and returned from injury in the SANFL, while managing a single AFL game in Round 20, before injury again held him back from playing the Magpies' SANFL Grand Final. 

Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps thanked Monfries on behalf of the club for his service, paying particular tribute to his, "strong, positive influence among the playing group and with our younger players in the SANFL," despite limited opportunity in the top flight this year.

“Angus had an immediate positive influence on and off the field as soon as he arrived at the club,” Cripps said.

“He enjoyed a career-best season in his first year with Port Adelaide and was a major part of our return to finals football in 2013 and 2014, and then showed great strength of character while having to sit out of football for a year in 2016."

Monfries played in the 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 finals series and represented Australia in International Rules in 2011.