tmedia
Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

Beau Waters confirms his retirement to Eagles

Alex Malcolm  February 19, 2015 1:01 PM

The best of Beau The hard-nut from the west gives it away
AFL 2014 Training - West Coast 121214

Eagle Beau Waters has retired at the age of 28

I woke up knowing I wasn't going to be able to contribute to the team. I always prided myself on having pretty good self-awareness

AN INNOCUOUS bump at training last week told West Coast veteran Beau Waters that he was 'deluded' in thinking he could still play AFL football. 

The collision further damaged the shoulder that has troubled him for the past 18 months of an injury-ravaged career, leading the 28-year-old to call it quits. 

Waters confirmed his decision to retire to coach Adam Simpson on Wednesday night and informed his teammates on Thursday morning before formally announcing it to the media at Domain Stadium. 

The veteran defender said he came to the conclusion without any emotion. 

"I think the emotions were just clear cut that it's time to move on and move away from the industry," Waters said.  

"I woke up knowing I wasn't going to be able to contribute to the team. I always prided myself on having pretty good self-awareness. 

"And as soon as I knew that my impact on field was going to be limited, and my value to the team is also limited - it was quite a matter of fact to be honest." 

The 28-year-old has had a career plagued by injuries, managing just 120 games since being picked at No.11 in the 2003 NAB AFL Draft.  

Waters has not played since round 15, 2013. He had multiple shoulder surgeries later that year and continually suffered setbacks throughout the 2014 season.

He appeared on track to return to football in the 2015 pre-season but he suffered a knock at training last week that signaled the end. 

"Monday last week, I just went to grab a ball and got hit in a certain direction that jeopardised the integrity of the shoulder," Waters said. 

"From them on, it got progressively worse to the point where I was struggling to get through skills sessions. 

"After being so bullish during the pre-season, I was probably a little bit deluded by the fact I hadn't received any contact over that period. 

"I was wrapped in cotton wool. The rest of my body feels great."  

Simpson told AFL.com.au on Wednesday that the veteran had handled himself magnificently throughout all of his setbacks. 

"He must fight some demons on his own every now and then, but he doesn't show it in front of the group or me," Simpson said. "He's a no-fuss type of bloke and that's the way he's handled it. 

"His leadership and how he handles himself has been invaluable." 

Waters played in the 2006 premiership with West Coast. He was the youngest player on the ground at just 20 years of age. 

Only Sam Butler and Chris Judd remain as active players from that premiership side. 

Waters said the premiership was the highlight of his career, but he mentioned it with a tinge of regret. 

"I was fortunate enough to be the youngest man on the field at the time and the emotions were quite raw," Waters said. 

"But there was also a sense of arrogance that we were going to do again, and do it again, and do it again. And we didn't. 

"So I say to any current day player in our side or other sides, 'Grab your opportunity' because you're a long time retired and you don't want any regrets." 

Waters was named All Australian in 2012 and finished third in the 2010 club best-and-fairest. 

The South Australian also served as the club's vice-captain under Darren Glass before relinquishing the role to focus on his rehabilitation. 

Waters was widely tipped to succeed Glass as captain before injury struck, but he said he had no regrets about missing out on that honour. 

"I'm not really a rear-view mirror sort of guy," Waters said. 

"I've always sort of looked ahead and that opportunity didn't present itself and I've always said that a title doesn't define leadership. 

"So I haven't changed the way I lead, because I wasn't the captain, or I didn't lead because I wanted to be the captain. I was very much myself." 

Waters said he would take a break from football in the short-term and probably wouldn't take up coaching in the future. 

He didn't rule out returning to football in some capacity. 

He has an MBA and said he would explore his options. 

"I downloaded Seek last night so I'm having a look what's around," Waters said.