Collingwood celebrate Alan Didak's second-last goal for Collingwood against West Coast in round 22. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
UPDATE: Andrew Krakouer will look to shift to a new club after he was dumped by Collingwood.
Krakouer’s manager Matt Gray said on Tuesday the small forward had plenty to offer and was in the right frame of mind to continue pursuing an AFL career after an indifferent year.
‘‘Andrew is confident he has got good football left in him. He and I will work through the next phase in the next couple of days and work out where we are going,’’ Gray said.
Andrew Krakouer played eight games in 2013, the last in the round 17 loss to Gold Coast. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
‘‘He proved in his second-last game when he kicked three goals in nine minutes against Adelaide that he is still a very dangerous player. You don’t lose that in the space of six weeks.’’
Krakouer, 30, made only eight senior appearances this season, the last in a shock loss to Gold Coast in round 17.
He had overcome a knee reconstruction in early 2012 to return in time for round 23 and play in three finals.
Magpies ruckman Darren Jolly played a pivotal role in Collingwood's 2010 triumph. Photo: Paul Rovere
The Magpies reactivated Krakouer’s career in the 2010 trade period. He played 23 matches the following year, including booting three goals in the losing grand final against Geelong.
Collingwood’s response to its earlier than expected finals campaign has been swift and clean, cutting three popular players as part of six changes to the list.
Former premiership players Alan Didak and Darren Jolly as well as reborn opportunist forward Krakouer have all been cut by the club.
Former Carlton defender Jordan Russell has also not been offered a new contract after one year with the Magpies.
Young rookie list players Ben Richmond and Michel Hartley were also not re-contracted.
The Magpies had informed Jolly - a premiership ruckman at Collingwood and Sydney - on Monday that he would not be given a new contract at Collingwood.
Didak and Krakouer were informed of the decision Tuesday as the club worked the second half of the player reviews, medical assessments and exit interviews.
Magpies coach Nathan Buckley spoke after the dispiriting Port Adelaide loss on Saturday of the need for cultural change and the club needed to realise time had moved on since its premiership in 2010.
Jolly and Didak are both understood to want to play on next year and will be likely to test the market for alternative clubs.
Didak worked his way back into the side late in the season and was a part of the Magpies losing elimination final team on Saturday starting the game as the substitute. A fan favourite, the crowd erupted and every teammate ran to him when Didak was able to kick a goal in his first game back in the senior team after spending most of the year in the VFL. He played as substitute in Collingwood's 24-point Elimination Final loss to Port Adelaide on Saturday night, setting up two goals shortly after joining the fray at the start of the final term.
Didak told the Collingwood website that he wants to play on.
"I’ve had an incredible time at Collingwood. We won a lot of games, won a premiership and I met some lifelong friends. I’ve got a lot to be thankful for and I know I’m going to miss playing in front of the black and white army. I owe them a lot. But I’m not ready for retirement," Didak said.
"The ride has another lap or two to go, I hope."
Didak managed only 16 games, after being severely curtailed by injury. He was highly valued for his effort to play a role in the 2010 premiership win despite a torn pectoral muscle.
Collingwood and Dale Thomas will wait until the free agency window opens before negotiating further on a contract for the forward.
Thomas as a restricted free agent can present Collingwood with an offer from another club.
Carlton is understood to have made Thomas a large offer already and Hawthorn could enter the market should Lance Franklin exit for GWS.
Collingwood has the option to match the offer or allow Thomas to be released.
Further accentuating the changes afoot at Collingwood, Magpie veteran Ben Johnson retired mid-season. He was a premiership player in 2010 and played 235 games over 13 years.
Jolly joined Collingwood at the end of 2009 after starting at Melbourne and then playing in Sydney’s 2005 premiership side. He was crucial to the Magpies winning the 2010 premiership and played 71 games at the club for a career total of 237.
Krakouer started in the AFL at Richmond, but his career appeared over when he was jailed in WA for assault. But after his release he made an outstanding return in the WAFL and Collingwood recruited him in late 2010.
LIVES IN BLACK AND WHITE
218 games, 274 goals
All Australian 2006, 2010. Copeland Trophy 2006. Premiership 2010.
71 games, 2010 premiership
2011 mark of the year.
- with AAP