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Huge loss for Subiaco as triple WAFL premiership midfielder Chris Phelan heads east

Subiaco’s premiership defence has suffered an early hit with star midfielder Chris Phelan quitting to pursue work opportunities over east.

The three-time WAFL premiership player and dual best-and-fairest will re-locate to Melbourne for a job in the building industry at the end of the month, leaving the Lions with a massive hole to fill.

The 30-year-old is expected to link up with former Subiaco teammate and ex-Carlton utility Simon White at Eastern Football League outfit Doncaster East.

Phelan ended his time at Subiaco on a high, amassing 34 possessions, eight tackles, seven inside-50s and kicking a goal in the Lions’ 81-point grand final thrashing of West Perth at Optus Stadium.

“We’re sad to see him go but we’re really happy for him to get what he wants,” Subiaco CEO Peter Capes said.

“He’s an absolute star and he’ll be badly missed.”

Phelan, who averaged 20 possessions and booted 56 goals in 168 league appearances after making his debut in 2008, is one of several off-season exits at Subiaco.

Triple premiership coach Jarrad Schofield joined Port Adelaide as an assistant coach after the club’s historic undefeated season, while ruckman Zac Clarke got an AFL lifeline at Essendon.

Harrison Marsh will be a welcome addition after the defender was cut by Sydney following 25 games in six AFL seasons.

Leigh Kitchin was recently announced as captain, taking over from veteran Kyal Horsley who will relinquish the role but continue playing for another year.

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