A passionate group of Watsonia North residents have reportedly started a petition to have a statue of retiring AFL player Matthew Kruezer erected at Binnak Park. As the only person listed under the “Notable people” subheading of Watsonia North’s Wikipedia page, Kruezer’s status amongst the local community stands unchallenged, and locals claim a permanent statue in the suburb’s main parkland would be a worthy tribute to 189-game veteran.

Kruezer announced his retirement earlier today, and Watsonia North residents wasted no time in planning to pay homage to the beloved Carlton big man. At last count, the door-to-door petition had collected just over 100 signatures, with plans to at least double that number before the weekend.

Local Carlton fan, and self-appointed spokesperson for the working party behind the statue plans, Daniel Crease, told The Watsonia Bugle, “Matty Kruezer is a bloody Carlton legend, and Watsonia North’s most famous export, so he should be honoured in our suburb’s most scenic location. It’ll be just like all them statues around the MCG.”