Bombers legend to hang up boots

Colac district football champion Khan Beckett has retired as a three-time premiership player and two-time league best-and-fairest winner.

One of Colac district football’s most decorated careers has come to an end with Irrewarra-Beeac champion Khan Beckett hanging up his boots.

The three-time premiership player and two-time Jack Mahoney Medallist told the Bombers he had officially retired this month to spend more time with his young family.

New Irrewarra-Beeac co-coach Jaden Angus said the news was a massive blow to the team but he was full of praise for Beckett, 34, and what he had achieved at the club.

“Khan was a bit touch and go over the pre-season, he’d come to the odd training but he has confirmed that he will retire,” he said of the father-of-three.

“He’s stepping away but he’s always welcome at the club.

“He’s got a young family now, and he’s had some troubles with his back and I think now that he’s gotten that right he just wants to rest the body for a bit.

“We’re hoping he might get the itch and come back later in the season, but we’re supportive of what he wants to do.”

Beckett spent eight seasons with his home club Otway Districts, winning multiple club best-and-fairest awards, before crossing to the Bombers as an assistant coach in 2008.

The strongly-built midfielder helped Irrewarra-Beeac to three straight flags from 2008 to 2010, winning the best-on-ground medal in the 2010 premiership, the same season that he represented the Victorian Country Football League’s district squad.

Beckett took on the Bombers’ coaching role for two seasons from 2011 before stints with Hampden league club Camperdown in 2013, and Geelong league club Colac in 2014.

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