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Chad Cornes to play on in 2013

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Greater Western Sydney confirmed on Wednesday that veteran Chad Cornes will play on next AFL season, but the on-field futures of Luke Power and Dean Brogan remain uncertain.

Cornes, Power and Brogan were all tempted out of retirement by GWS for their maiden season in 2012.

The pre-season expectation was they would play only one year, but the old hands proved serviceable as on-field assistant coaches and none have ruled out going around again.

GWS football manager Graeme Allan said Cornes, who will be 33 next season, would continue his career while a decision on the playing futures of Power, 32, and Brogan, 33, was yet to be made.

However, 35-year-old James McDonald has confirmed his retirement from the AFL - and surely for the last time.

Former Melbourne captain McDonald was delisted by the Demons in 2010 after 251 games, only to end his retirement and join GWS after a year away from the league.

McDonald, who had his swansong last Saturday against North Melbourne and earned the wrath of Kangaroos coach Brad Scott for an off-the-ball bump on Jamie Macmillan, added 13 more matches to his career tally.

"James's experience, leadership and on-field presence have been invaluable to our young playing group and he has shown everyone that he still had good football left in him," Allan said.

"We now look forward to him becoming a full-time assistant coach next year and further developing our young playing list."

The Giants started their squad re-shaping for 2013 on Wednesday, de-listing Stephen Clifton and Tim Segrave.

"These are always difficult decisions but particularly so in the cases of outstanding young men like Steve and Tim who have been great people to have around our club," Allan said.

"They were part of the inaugural playing list of the Giants and will always have a special place in the history of this club and we wish them every success for the future."

Segrave was a 2011 NSW-ACT zone selection that failed to play an AFL game, while Clifton was a mature-age recruit who won three VFL premierships with North Ballarat and was awarded the 2010 JJ Liston trophy - given to the league's best and fairest.

AAP

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