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LeCras earns Royal farewell
Brent LeCras. Picture: Getty Images

Brent LeCras was a pivotal member of West Perth's last great era but will now make way for a younger player as the club builds towards its next period of success.

LeCras, 30, had a substantial career at five clubs in three different States, but will get his kicks for country team Cervantes next season after confirming that tomorrow's match against arch rivals East Perth will be his last for the Falcons.

The versatile big man will leave West Perth just seven games short of the 150 for automatic life membership of the club he joined as a teenager and soon played a key role in helping win a premiership.

But the son of East Fremantle premiership player Peter and the brother of injured West Coast star Mark may not be the only West Perth veteran to decide that tomorrow marks the end of the WAFL road.

Several other experienced members of the Falcons' defensive unit are also likely to hang up their boots.

State regular Dion Fleay, who has been absent with a knee injury over the past six weeks, is contemplating whether to play on as he weighs up a career move into the mining industry.

Fleay will finish with 148 matches and miss life membership if he decides not to play next year.

Full-back Dan Hunt and back pocket Dustin Burns also may not play on, while lively forward Anthony Tsalikis is likely to join LeCras in retirement after tomorrow's match at Medibank Stadium.

One of the best credentialled players in WAFL ranks, given his 2003 premiership and pair of Simpson medals, LeCras was a damaging force at centre half-forward in his early days before becoming a strong and creative key defender in recent seasons.

He won his first Simpson Medal as best on ground in the 2003 grand final when the Falcons beat Subiaco by 23 points.

He added another when the Black Swans won a one-point thriller over South Australia in 2009.

That 2003 premiership performance saw him drafted by North Melbourne, where he played six matches in three seasons as well as 55 at their aligned clubs Port Melbourne and North Ballarat.

He also played a season for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL before returning to the Falcons.

LeCras will bow out after making 228 senior appearances.

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