FORMER Collingwood and Fremantle star Chris Tarrant has signed a one-match deal with Wodonga Raiders.
Tarrant will play with former Magpie teammate Alan Didak in the Alberton league this weekend before lining up for the Raiders against Corowa-Rutherglen at Birallee Park on June 28.
“I think it will be good for the club,” Wodonga Raiders president Nic Conway said yesterday.
“We aren’t expecting Chris Tarrant to come out and dominate and pull a massive crowd or anything like that but I’m sure our senior players will get a real buzz out of playing alongside him.
“We are a young group and don’t have the experienced players of other clubs.
“Chris will also train our juniors in the lead-up to the match and be heavily involved in that side of it as well.”
Tarrant, 33, retired from the AFL at the end of the 2012 season after 268 matches.
He was named in the All-Australian team in 2003, won Collingwood’s goalkicking on five occasions before switching to defence and played in three losing grand final teams.
Tarrant will finish the season with a handful of matches in Tasmania.
Conway said the left-footer would train with Raiders’ under-12, 14 and 16s next Friday night before taking part in a question and answer session in the clubrooms that evening.
Tarrant’s appearance will continue a recent trend of former AFL players making cameos in the Ovens and Murray, with Essendon’s Scott Lucas playing two matches for Myrtleford earlier this season.
Yarrawonga’s Brendan Fevola and Kayne Pettifer and Albury’s Dean Polo have also played for clubs outside the league this year.