Pies Macaffer, Toovey retire from AFL

Collingwood premiership players Brent Macaffer and Alan Toovey have announced their AFL retirements.

Macaffer and Toovey played in the drawn 2010 grand final and ensuing replay, which the Magpies won by 56 points.

Injuries have stalled their careers in recent seasons, and on Monday the pair told teammates 2016 would be their final year at the club.

Toovey, who is 29, and 28-year-old Macaffer will contest the VFL finals in September before hanging up their boots.

Coach Nathan Buckley has praised both men, who have played a variety of roles for the Magpies.

“Alan achieved the ideal of being a great teammate from his first game and carried on for 11 seasons,” Buckley said.

“Tooves’ contribution to his team was consistent effort and attitude, and you knew he would just get the job done, every time.”

Buckley noted Macaffer had grown as a player and person.

“Above all, his care and support for his teammates endeared them to him and he became a strong leader as a result,” he said.

Macaffer played 77 games for the Magpies, while Toovey featured in 159 matches.

Collingwood veteran Dane Swan, who hasn’t played since suffering a foot injury in round one, is also expected to announce his retirement this week.

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