Anthony Morabito: Fremantle Dockers tell injury-plagued midfielder time is up at the club

Anthony Morabito. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Anthony Morabito. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

THE career of Anthony Morabito at Fremantle is over.

The luckless midfielder was told yesterday the Dockers would not be seeking to extend his contract.

It brought to an end a promising yet injury-riddled seven seasons at the Dockers for the number four pick in the 2009 national draft.

After three knee reconstructions, the final nail in the coffin appears to have been a torn quad muscle suffered in Peel’s win over East Perth on Sunday.

The Harvey Brunswick product’s last AFL game was in round 18 of the 2014 season against St Kilda.

Coach Ross Lyon praised Morabito for his resilience.

“Ask any athlete about the challenges they faced in recovering from just one knee reconstruction and you get an understanding of what they have to go through,” he said.

“In Anthony’s case he has been through that three times and on each occasion he refused to capitulate.

“It is a testament to Anthony that, as he has said of himself, what he’s been through with injuries and setbacks has made him a better person.

“From my perspective, it’s hard to disagree with that.”