TRAVIS TUCK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Published on: Aug 26 2016 | Author: admin |

After 70 top quality games and 54 goals for West Adelaide, Travis Tuck has drawn the curtain on a wonderful playing career.

TRAVIS TUCK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT


After 70 top quality games and 54 goals for West Adelaide, Travis Tuck has drawn the curtain on a wonderful playing career.

Travis Tuck played the house down and was a major factor in West Adelaide’s 2015 grand final win. His 190cm, 94kg frame, his damaging left foot, his always combative, physical style of play and the immeasurable degree with which he makes all around him walk taller were in full bloom on the day when it mattered most.

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Out of necessity we had played Travis as a key forward in 2015 and what a success he made of that role. All the while coaches and team mates alike knew that Travis saw himself as a big bodied midfielder but not once was there an utterance of discontent coming from Travis. In fact quite the opposite. He had bought in totally in typical Travis Tuck team first style.

Releasing him into the midfield for the grand final was like letting a kid loose in a candy shop. He knew his way around. He dominated in the true sense that we see the modern day big bodied midfielders do. He took the game by the scruff of the neck and made it go our way.

Travis, a valued member of our leadership group, is much loved by everyone at the West Adelaide Football Club. He has great compassion for his fellow man and his dry humour and totally down to earth nature are qualities that draw people to him. Travis’ retirement speech to WAFC’s players and staff on Wednesday night was typical Travis Tuck – honest, grateful, humorous and thoroughly engaging.

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After 70 top quality games and 54 goals for West Adelaide as well as 20 games with the Hawthorn Football Club, the curtain is drawn on a wonderful playing career, but it has been made clear to Travis that he is welcome to play any number of other roles at the club, such is the quality of the man.

Travis plays his final game for West Adelaide on Saturday at My Money House Oval versus Centrals.

All supporters and members are invited to join us for presentations at the club on Saturday 6:30pm to send off Travis, Ryan Willits and Adam Hartlett.

Head Coach – Mark Mickan