Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Dual WAFL premiership player Brett Robinson has retired after 118 games for Swan Districts and Subiaco.
The 31-year-old is proud of his achievements but admitted different priorities came into play when deciding to play on in 2017.
"It ended up being a family decision with my daughter Maali growing up and my wife Shannon’s work schedule picking up. You have to put a strong commitment into playing for the Subiaco Football Club and I wasn’t going to be able to do that in 2017,"
"With my family in Tasmania and Shan’s family in Shark Bay it seemed like the right time to rest the body and focus on other aspects of life,"
"I still believe I could play at WAFL level and had a long chat to Schoey about it in the pre-season. The only difference is I won’t be able to offer the same level of time and effort I have previously." said Robinson
Robinson made an instant impact on the WAFL when he arrived in 2008 and found great success on the wide wings of Steel Blue Oval. The Victorian product instantly became a star of the league and earned consecutive state reps for his newly adopted state.
Robinson played for the Swans alongside Andrew Krakour, Ashley Hansen and Michael Walters in the famous 2010 Premiership victory over Claremont despite struggling with injury that season.
Head coach Jarrad Schofield, Wayde Twomey & Brett Robinson after the 2015 WAFL Grand Final
After a year of playing country football in 2012, Robinson was enticed by long-time friend Wayde Twomey to join him at Subiaco. The move was perfect for Robinson who excelled in Jarrad Schofield’s fast paced, high scoring system.
"The way Subiaco operates really blew me away. Everyone is 100% committed from the players to the staff. When the boys train they go hard and always seek improvement. You never hear anyone complaining and if anyone’s struggling they get support,"
"Having a coach like Jarrad Schofield adds a lot to the culture as well. His standards ebb down from the top and it’s developed a very tight culture at Subiaco. There’s something special going on at Subi and it’s the reason the club has been so successful." said Robinson
"Robbo" won his second WAFL premiership in his first year at Subiaco when the Lions dominated in 2015. The winger finished with 36 games for Subiaco averaging 20 disposals a game and booted 28 goals.
"The two premierships were an obvious highlight. The 2008 win with the Swans was amazing and to get another chance with Subiaco in 2015 capped it off. They were both really talented sides’ and I was blessed to be a part of it." said Robinson
Robinson looks forward to his time away from a rigorous football schedule and offered some last words of advice for the pre-season group.
"I’m looking forward to my time off, seeing the family a bit more and focusing on work. Because of the football season I don’t usually get a lot of time to relax so that’s on the agenda. Travel is another facet of retired life I’m looking forward to,"
"If I was to offer any final advice to the playing group it would be simple. Work hard, train hard but enjoy yourself at the same time. Don’t take football too seriously, the best stuff will come when you learn to relax." said Robinson