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Magpie Mayne calls time

Collingwood’s Chris Mayne has announced his retirement. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

COLLINGWOOD veteran Chris Mayne will bring his 14-year AFL career to a close at the end of this season.

The 32-year-old informed teammates of the decision on Tuesday and will see out the final three matches of the Magpies’ campaign.

“The time is right, personally and professionally,” Mayne said.

“From a family perspective, Britt and I have two young children and we want them to settle and share more time with our families in Perth.

“From a football perspective, I don’t feel that I can squeeze much more out of myself.

“I still love the game and want to continue trying to get a kick at some level next year but at the highest level I recognise it’s getting tougher, not easier.”

Mayne made a name for himself as a sharpshooting forward with Fremantle, where he played 172 games and kicked 196 goals, and featured in the club’s 2013 grand final defeat.

He was granted a trade to Collingwood at the end of 2016 and endured a tough start to life in black-and-white, managing just three senior games in his first season with the Magpies.

But he reinvented himself as a wingman under Nathan Buckley and was an important part of the Collingwood team that went within a kick of winning the 2018 grand final.

Mayne has played 73 games for the Magpies for a career tally of 245.

Mayne will complete a teaching degree next year, has finished a diploma in youth counselling and has graduated from the Level 3 AFL coaching course and the AFL List management course.

“We all know the last match is coming (and) I didn’t want to be caught short or unprepared,” he said.

“I hope that I can pass on my experiences as a player, at two wonderful clubs, in some fashion. As I said, I still love the game.”

Mayne was originally selected by Fremantle with pick 40 in the 2007 draft from WAFL club Perth.

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