Delisted Ke­effe wants AFL life­line

The Gympie Times - - LEAGUE/AFL SPORT -

AFL: Ver­sa­tile tall Lach­lan Ke­effe hopes his AFL ca­reer is not over af­ter be­ing delisted by Colling­wood this week.

The 27-year-old Queens­lan­der, who grew up play­ing soc­cer in Gympie, says he has “more to give”.

The Mag­pies cut Ke­effe (pic­tured) af­ter he failed to play a se­nior game in 2017. It was his first sea­son back af­ter a two-year sus­pen­sion for tak­ing a banned sub­stance.

The last of his 40 se­nior games was in Au­gust 2014.

His best chance of a life­line will come later this month as a delisted free agent.

“Ob­vi­ously the trade pe­riod’s on at the moment and the delisted free agency [win­dow] comes af­ter that, so my man­ager’s been talk­ing to a few clubs and there’s a bit of in­ter­est,” Ke­effe told SEN.

“But footy’s a pretty fickle game. So un­til you sign on that dot­ted line it’s hard to know what’s go­ing on.

“I re­ally want to play on. I feel I’ve got more to give.”

A late bloomer, Ke­effe was be­gin­ning to hit his straps in 2014 as a key de­fender be­fore he and fel­low Queens­lan­der Josh Thomas were found to have taken the banned clen­buterol in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

He spent last sea­son as a rookie-listed player.

“It’s been an in­ter­est­ing one but I’ve had a lot of sup­port from peo­ple out­side of footy, and Colling­wood in that time pe­riod,” he said.

“If you’re do­ing some­thing you shouldn’t be do­ing, then you cop your whack.

“It builds your char­ac­ter in one way.”

Ke­effe said he would be best suited to a side need­ing to stock up its de­fence.

“That’d be first and fore­most. That’s where I feel I play my best footy and hope­fully I can get a crack and show my wares next year,” he said.

PHOTO: JOE CAS­TRO/AAP

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