Kreuzer set to announce AFL retirement

Kreuzer set to announce AFL retirement

After missing the majority of the 2020 season through injury, Carlton veteran Matthew Kreuzer is set to announce his retirement from AFL football.

The 31-year-old played 189 games and booted 94 goals for the Blues over 13 seasons but has missed the majority of 2020 with a foot injury suffered in round one.

Kreuzer had rejoined the Blues in their Queensland hub after previously returning to Victoria for treatment on his foot, but appeared unlikely to play again this year and is out of contract at season’s end.

With youngster Tom De Koning emerging this year and former Hawk Marc Pittonet proving an inspired recruit, the Blues have found strong ruck depth in Kreuzer’s absence.

An athletic ruckman, Kreuzer was Carlton’s prized No.1 pick in the 2007 AFL Draft, taken as a priority selection ahead of close friend and future Richmond captain Trent Cotchin.

Kreuzer was Carlton’s third consecutive No.1 pick – following Marc Murphy in 2005 and Bryce Gibbs in 2006.

Despite dealing with injuries throughout his career, Kreuzer was a popular player at Carlton and among Blues supporters due to his work rate and athleticism.

His best season came in 2017, when he finished third in Carlton’s best and fairest and was named in the 40-man All Australian squad.