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We'll welcome Krakouer back: Demetriou

By Robert Grant 15/09/2010 02:18:05 PM Comments (0)

The AFL has thrown its support behind Andrew Krakouer's bid for a return to the league after spending a year in prison.

The former Richmond forward was delisted after 102 games with the Tigers before being jailed for assault in 2008.

After being freed on parole last year Krakouer dominated for Swan Districts in the WAFL this season, snaring the Sandover Medal as the competition's best player.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said on Wednesday he would be fully supportive of the 27-year-old as he tries to find a place at a league club next year.

"Andrew Krakouer, as we're all aware, has been in prison and has served his time as part of a process," Demetriou said.

"He, like any other individual, is entitled to be treated fairly.

"Obviously he's served his time, he's made a significant impact in the West Australian Football League, where he's won the Sandover Medal, which is a great achievement, and he's come out the other side for the better.

"By all reports, his year was outstanding, his playing was phenomenal.

"I've got no doubt that he will attract interest from a couple of clubs and if he was to be drafted I think we'd all welcome him in and congratulate him on turning his life around."

Krakouer believes his time in prison could be an advantage in his attempt to return to the elite level.

"The time I spent away I didn't have that intense training and contact with the body all the time," Krakouer said.

"The body's feeling fresh and good. This is the best footy I've ever played.

"If something came up it would be great. If an opportunity came up wherever, you'd love to have a crack at it."

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