Falcons rocked as Krakouer quits footy
Andrew Krakouer in action for Collingwood against the Eagles in 2011. Pic: AFL Media

Defending premiers West Perth have been dealt a blow on the eve of the WAFL season, with star signing Andrew Krakouer quitting football for a mining career.

The 2010 Sandover medallist had agreed to play with the Falcons after being cut by Collingwood at the end of last season, but this week told the club his new job would see him spend most of the season outside the metro area.

In a statement released by the club today, Krakouer's manager Matthew Gray said the 30-year-old made the decision based purely on his future career prospects.

"This is not a decision Andrew has made lightly," Gray said.

Krakouer's about-face brings an end to one of the more remarkable football stories of the past decade.

The son of North Melbourne legend Jim Krakouer was originally drafted by Richmond in 2000, playing 102 games before being de-listed in 2007.

Returning to WA the following year, Krakouer was found guilty of a serious assault and sentenced to a minimum 16 months in prison.

After his release Krakouer returned to football with Swan Districts, dominating the WAFL in 2010 and leading the club to a drought-breaking premiership, winning the Simpson and Sandover medals along the way.

His stunning season saw him picked up by Collingwood, where he would go on to kick 50 goals in 35 games, including the club's losing 2011 grand final.

The West Australian

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