KI's Brad Crabb to hang up his boots

FAREWELL PRESSER: KI born and bred footy player Brad Crabb announces his retirement from the SANFL and South Adelaide Football Club.
FAREWELL PRESSER: KI born and bred footy player Brad Crabb announces his retirement from the SANFL and South Adelaide Football Club.

Kangaroo Island born footballer Bradley Crabb has announced he will retire from the SANFL at the end of the season.

Crabb told The Islander he was ready to take a break from footy to spend more time with family and focus on his plumbing business in Adelaide.

Starting his football career with Western Districts, his mother Nanette still lives on KI and he visits as often as he can, usually trying to catch a few games in the KI Football League each season.

"King of KI" stubby holder's for Brad Crabb's 200th game.

"King of KI" stubby holder's for Brad Crabb's 200th game.

Depending on his Souths go getting into the SANFL finals, he said he might even be back for the 2019 KIFL Grand Final, where his Wonks side are shaping up as favourites.

While he was ready to take at least a year's break from footy, he had always enjoyed his involvement with the club's U15 development squad and wanted to stay involved in the sport.

"I'd like to give something back to the younger generation," he said.

Farewell presser

Crabb joined Souths just after the turn of the century as he began his tenure in the Navy Blue in the U17s before making his League debut in Round 20, 2007.

The dour defender has since gone on to play 213 Statewide Super League games to become one of KI's greatest footballing exports alongside Port Adelaide premiership ruckman Brendon Lade, Norwood premiership captain Danny Jenkins and star Panthers forward David Stoeckel.

The former Panthers' captain revealed his intention to finish his journey with two minor round matches to be played at Flinders University Stadium against North Adelaide and Adelaide within the next fortnight.

And the door remains slightly ajar for the 32-year-old to finish his 15-year career at Noarlunga on a high, with finals qualification still in the picture if the Panthers can defeat the Roosters and Crows while other results fall their way.

Crabb nominated Sturt's Brant Chambers, North Adelaide and Glenelg spearhead Clint Alleway and triple Ken Farmer Medallist Michael Wundke as his toughest opponents.

Zac Milbank, SANFL, contributed to the story

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