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Sun sets on Fraser's AFL career

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Gold Coast Suns' Josh Fraser.

Gold Coast Suns' Josh Fraser.

At face value, Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna admits it is tempting to ask if veteran Suns ruckman Josh Fraser's recruitment has been worth it.

Especially after the former No.1 draft pick managed just 18 games in two seasons - including only two this year - at the AFL club before his retirement was confirmed on Wednesday.

But McKenna was more than happy with the 30-year-old's contribution - and would not be surprised if the ex-Collingwood tall kept making an impact as a Suns assistant coach in the future.

McKenna revealed on Wednesday that he had told Fraser mid-season that he would not play AFL again unless every single ruckman was injured at the club after opting to look to the future.

However, McKenna said Fraser still proved invaluable by grooming the likes of Zac Smith, Tom Hickey and Charlie Dixon into "bona fide ruckmen".

"From a playing point of view, you can say was he worth it?" McKenna said of Fraser's recruitment.

"But I clearly think the games he did play he performed, did what he had to do.

"But off the field and in the (second tier) NEAFL competition, what he's been able to do for our other rucks has certainly fast-tracked them into bona fide ruckmen."

The writing appeared to be on the wall for Fraser when he was still overlooked for last round's clash with Carlton despite 19 players succumbing to injury.

Still the Suns pulled off the boilover of the year - a 12-point win over Carlton.

"I'm sure all our young rucks are better people and I think our club's a better place for having Josh Fraser in it," McKenna said.

"He doesn't have the output like Gary Ablett or Nathan Bock or Jarrod Harbrow but I think his calming influence and tutelage to our rucks (is his benefit)."

McKenna could see Fraser taking up a Suns coaching role.

"That's something we've got to address at the end of the season. I think he'd be a good fit as a coach," he said.

"He's articulate, he knows football and I think he's got the balance right to make a good coach.

"I think he can be hard when he has to be and can cuddle when you need to."

Fraser played a total of 218 AFL games.

He arrived at the Gold Coast in 2011 after 11 seasons and 200 games with Collingwood.

AAP

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