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Craig McRae Wasn’t Offered Another Contract After Winning The 2001 Premiership

The Brisbane Lions had just stormed to their first AFL premiership in 2001, 132 games into the career of a then-28-year-old Craig McRae.

Days into the celebrations, McRae copped a phone call from his coach Leigh Matthews.

It was the last thing he was expecting.

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Because Matthews was on his way round to McRae’s house to break the news that he wasn’t going to be offered another contract.

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