Crameri’s career comes full circle in return to Magpies

After announcing his retirement from the AFL in October, Stewart Crameri (back left) has returned to Maryborough for the 2019 Bendigo Football Netball League season alongside returning coach Ben Lavars (back right).

Just a few months after announcing his AFL retirement, Maryborough’s Stewart Crameri has found himself back at the Maryborough Football Netball Club where his football career began.

Crameri played almost 10 years as a Maryborough Magpie before he was subsequently drafted from the Bendigo Bombers in the 2009 AFL rookie draft.

In October of this year Crameri hung up the boots on a 10-year AFL career that saw him take on stints at three different AFL clubs before a persistent hip injury eventuated in him being delisted by Geelong.

After his retirement, Crameri has moved back to Maryborough to help his dad with the family business,

Crameri’s Mitre 10, and he has now taken on a role with the Mary- borough Football Netball Club (MFNC) for season 2019.

Getting younger players involved at Maryborough is a priority for Crameri who said he would love to see the side field more junior teams in 2019.

Crameri said his return to Maryborough marks his football career coming full circle.

“I played nearly 10 years of juniors down here and it was always a great environment,” he said.

“I’m loving it. I’ve just been reconnecting with all my old friends and everyone back here so it’s been a bit of a full circle story.”

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