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Dockers' Yarran retires from AFL

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016

Trouble-plagued Fremantle player Shane Yarran has retired from the AFL, with the Dockers saying it was a mutual decision.

The 27-year-old had already gone on personal leave from the club earlier this month.

He faces assault and unlawful wounding charges over two separate incidents.

Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said in a club statement that the Dockers had met with Yarran and his management several times in the last fortnight.

"Upon further reflection by Shane and his management it was agreed that a longer-term solution was required, which would allow him to focus solely on his personal and off-field matters - without the pressure and demands of being an AFL footballer," Rosich said.

"It was agreed by all parties today that it was in Shane's best interests that he retire from AFL football immediately.

"It was a difficult decision for Shane to reach, but both he and his management believe that focusing on his personal and off-field matters at this time needs to take priority over his football career."

Rosich added that the Dockers would continue to support Yarran.

Yarran was a fourth-round pick in last year's national draft and he played six senior games this season.

Last week, Dockers coach Ross Lyon denied a series of off-field incidents had eroded the club's culture.

Veteran defender Michael Johnson is facing an assault charge over a scuffle in a kebab store.

Star recruit Harley Bennell also hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this month when his car was impounded after police discovered he was driving with an expired licence.

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