Crameri calls time

Maryborough born and bred AFL footballer Stewart Crameri has returned home after his retirement was announced on Monday.

Crameri has hung up the boots on a 10 year AFL football career which saw him play 103 games across stints at three different AFL clubs and take out four consecutive leading goalkicking awards at two of those.

Crameri was delisted by Geelong this year due to a troublesome hip injury that has plagued him since 2016.

He played four games for the Cats this season after being picked up by the club for 2018.

Those games sit alongside 57 at Essendon between 2010-2013 and 42 at the Western Bulldogs across the 2014-2017 seasons after he was drafted from the Bendigo Bombers in the 2009 rookie draft.

Crameri said his hip injury was a big factor in announcing his retirement.

“With my ongoing injuries it was probably time to give it up and it was important for me to finish on a high and get my 100 games. I was pretty satisfied and happy with that and it’s just time to move on,” Crameri said.

“I’m actually going to move back to Maryborough with my wife and child, so that’s exciting. We’re just working towards that and hopefully I can do a bit of work with dad and my brother as well.

Crameri admits it took “a bit of convincing” to move his family back to his home town, but said he is looking forward to helping out his parents with their business and linking back in with his local football club.

“On the footy side of things I’d love to come down to Maryborough (FNC) and try and help out as much as I can,” he said.

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