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‘Rooster’ to crow one last time

South Barwon veteran Reece Woods has announced his retirement. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SOUTH Barwon’s final round clash with Newtown & Chilwell will be Reece Woods’ 207th and last senior match.

The popular three-time premiership veteran, who became a dad for the first time earlier this month, has confirmed he will hang up the boots following the meeting with the Eagles.

“My body’s done,” Woods said of his decision to retire. “I’ve been carrying a knee injury, which I’ll have surgery on in October.

“I just can’t afford, now the young fellas come along, to be playing and get injured again.

“It’s unfortunate, but it has to happen.”

Woods, who is affectionately known as Rooster at McDonald Reserve, revealed he spoke with Swans coach Dave Farrell about his future earlier this week.

“I’ve been toing and froing for 3-4 weeks,” he said. “I tore my hamstring 4-5 weeks ago, so that was the third time I’ve been out this year with a hammy.

“The writing was starting to come on the wall, and to have those conversations was hard.

“But, now that I’ve done it, I feel relieved, and I feel really good about the decision I’ve made.”

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Woods, who was the youngest member of the Swans’ 2005 premiership team after debuting in Round 1 of that year, and also featured in the 2010 and 2013 successes, says he will miss the camaraderie that comes with being a player at a football club.

“You can talk to a range of people who come from a range of different walks of life and having a beer with them after a win or battling it out for a loss.

“That’s what I’ll miss most.”

However, Woods is keen to stay involved in some way that doesn’t involve coaching.

“I don’t like coaching; I hate the public speaking side of things, and I’m not the best role model,” he said

“I told ‘Faz’ I’d do the running or something if there were something in that capacity where I could still come and be involved.

“That’s as far as it will go, I think.”

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