Geelong favourite Jimmy Bartel has called time on an illustrious AFL career.
The 2007 Brownlow medallist came to a mutual agreement with the Cats to end his time on the playing field, which yielded three premiership wins, a Norm Smith medal and this year’s Jim Stynes award for community service.
The 32-year-old played 305 games for Geelong, booting 202 goals after being picked eighth in the 2001 AFL draft.
“I wanted to take my time once the season finished before I made this decision,” Bartel said in a Cats statement.
“I am forever grateful to have been drafted by the Cats and I hope in some way to have repaid the faith that was shown in me all those years ago.
“While I feel I still have more to give, I understand the bigger picture and respect the direction the club wants to move in. So therefore I have decided the time is now right to retire from the game.
“Over the past 15 years I have played out every dream I ever had and I leave the game satisfied that I have given everything I had in every game.