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JUSTIN Koschitzke wants to play in the Ovens and Murray league when his AFL career is over.
The Brocklesby-raised St Kilda star is about to enter his 13th AFL season.
“I’m really keen to give something back,” Koschitzke, 30, said.
“I’d love to play footy at its purest again, without that physical and mental drain.
“If I’m capable, I’m sure I will.”
Koschitzke is best mates with Lavington champion Kade Stevens and the Panthers are the obvious club to secure his services.
He has also flagged an interest in playing for home Hume league club Brock-Burrum.
Koschitzke, who is on track to play his 200th game for the Saints in round 5, recently said he was unsure when he’d call it quits.
Two of Koschitzke’s former clubmates — Jason Gram and Dean Polo — have joined the O and M straight off St Kilda’s list.
“It’s great to see,” Koschitzke said.
“I spoke to Deano not long ago and he’s loving the country life.
“He’s almost the blue-print for a country footballer, I reckon.
“He’s a competitor, he loves his teammates and has got that hard-edge to his game.
“Grammy’s obviously been an elite player at the highest level and it will be super for the people up there to watch him.”
And while he’s happy to see those arrivals continue, Koschitzke did admit he was concerned about the long-term impact those high-profile additions would have on the competition.
“It’s great for the league — it’s certainly getting a lot of attention,” Koschitzke said.
“I’ve got a lot of good mates at clubs there and I really like seeing country footy evolve but I guess it concerns me a little bit that most people seem to know already what the finals are going to look like.
“I do feel for Myrtleford and Corowa and the Wodonga sides.
“Coming from Brock — I think we had two wins in the whole time I was there. At that age you love playing footy but it’s not much fun when you can’t compete.”
Koschitzke yesterday revealed Brock-Burrum was on the verge of securing Lindsay Fox as guest speaker at their annual luncheon.
The event has hosted the likes of Shane Warne, Wayne Carey and Gorden Tallis.