WAFL: Claremont great Kane Mitchell and former St Kilda recruit Tom Ledger retire from state league

Samantha RogersThe West Australian
Claremont great and former Port Adelaide player Kane Mitchell has called time on his illustrious WAFL career. 
Camera IconClaremont great and former Port Adelaide player Kane Mitchell has called time on his illustrious WAFL career.  Credit: unknown/Claremont Football Club

Claremont great and former Port Adelaide player Kane Mitchell has called time on his illustrious WAFL career.

The 31-year-old will hang up his boots on the back of a devastating preliminary final loss to South Fremantle this season.

The gun midfielder played 147 games for the Tigers, winning the Sandover Medal as the league’s best and fairest player in 2012.

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That same year, Mitchell won Claremont’s club champion award as the Tigers claimed the second of their two back-to-back premierships.

He was rewarded for an outstanding season with a rookie contract at Port Adelaide, where he debuted for the club in round one.

In 2015, Mitchell was elevated to Power’s senior list. He played 35 games and kicked 19 goals at AFL level between 2013 and 2016.

Kane Mitchell.
Camera IconKane Mitchell. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Media

After taking a year off to travel, the midfielder was welcomed back to his old WAFL club for the 2018 season.

Claremont announced his retirement on Wednesday, calling Mitchell a “true icon, an inspiration and a role model to all young footballers.”

He relinquished the Tigers captaincy at the beginning of 2021.

Claremont also announced the retirement of Tom Ledger.

The 29-year-old played 96 games for Claremont and eight games for St Kilda, after being taken with pick 59 in the 2010 draft.

Tom Ledger.
Camera IconTom Ledger. Credit: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media

The midfielder had claimed the Jack Clarke Medal as the best and fairest player in the colts competition that season.

His AFL career was cut short after requesting to be delisted by the Saints, but was overlooked by all other clubs.

He returned to play for Claremont in the WAFL, but never tasted premiership success with the Tigers.

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