City job allows Falcons to claim Krakouer
Andrew Krakouer

The saga over whether Andrew Krakouer will play in the WAFL this season took another twist yesterday when he rejoined West Perth after deciding not to take a mining job in the far north of the State.

Krakouer will train with the Falcons this week and is expected to be considered for league selection by Easter.

The 2010 Sandover medallist is eager to play against his former team Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval on Anzac Day.

De-listed Collingwood forward Krakouer's move to join West Perth appeared to have fallen over last month when he accepted a mining position that would have kept him out of Perth for much of the season.

But he agreed to return to West Perth when the club helped arrange another job in the city.

Krakouer mingled with the West Perth players and fans during a scratch match against East Perth at Medibank Stadium last Friday.

The 30-year-old was in good spirits and was eager to return to the playing field as soon as he gained match fitness. West Perth have paid Swan Districts a $15,000 transfer fee for Krakouer.

Another $5000 will be paid next year if he takes up the second year of his contract.

When he last played in the WAFL in 2010, Krakouer won the Sandover by a comfortable margin and produced one of the great grand final performances to rack up 40 possessions, four goals and the Simpson Medal in Swans' one-point win over Claremont.

While Krakouer decided against returning to Swans, the black and whites have had an exodus of senior players.

·Subiaco are facing a nervous wait over the fitness of ruckman Andrew McDougall, who was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury in Saturday's pre-season loss to East Fremantle.

McDougall, 30, will have scans this afternoon after hurting the knee in a marking contest in the final 10 minutes of the game.

The injury capped a tough day for the Lions, who fell to the Sharks 11.9 (75) to 7.8 (50). Former Peel ruckman James Bristow impressed for the Sharks.

The West Australian

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