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Retirement on Reece’s mind

2019 Whitley medallist Reece Holwell. (Sports Media Image/Ashlin Vijayan)

WHITLEY medallist Reece Holwell will make a call on his playing and coaching future at the end of the season.

The Thomson coach, who became the second Tiger in four seasons to win the GDFL’s highest individual honour on Wednesday night, revealed after beating Bell Post Hill’s Matt James by one vote he is unsure what 2020 holds.

“This year’s probably the first time I’ve thought about retirement … that has entered my mind,” the 35-year-old told krockfootball.com.au.

“I’ve taken some damage over the years with concussions and stuff, so I just need to be careful with that.

“My main focus is the next 3-4 weeks -whatever may happen – and I’ll reassess after that.”


Holwell, who will coach Thomson for the 99th time in Saturday’s second semi-final against Bannockburn, says initial discussions about continuing as coach for a sixth season have been held.

“We’ve sat down and talked about it, but we’ve pushed that back a little bit,” he said

“We want to concentrate everything on the next couple of weeks and make sure that’s done properly before we start adding talks about next year.”


Holwell hasn’t ruled out a return to Drysdale, where he started his career and featured in the 2009-10 premierships.

“That is an option,” he said. “I’m really close mates with the coaches down there as well.

“I’m sure my old man would probably be happy for me to do that.

“‘Flybes’ (Drysdale co-coach Luke Matthews) has touched base, but I’ve definitely said my priorities, and everything lies with Thomson over the next couple of weeks.”

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