ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Cameron Mooney of the Cats congratulates team mate Jimmy Bartel after Bartel kicked a goal during the round 21 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at AAMI Stadium on August 14, 2011 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Mooney: Bartel should hang up the boots

Two-time Geelong premiership player Cameron Mooney says former teammate Jimmy Bartel should call time on his glittering career.

Bartel has triggered a clause in his contract for an extension into 2017, however, the 305-game veteran is yet to make a decision on whether he will continue his career, after an indifferent finish to 2016.

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“With Jimmy, I just think it is time now to step away, I honestly do,” Mooney said.

“Whether he thinks that or wants to do that, it is totally up to Jimmy. I think the club are looking to move on as well.”

Bartel is set to sit down with Geelong officials in the coming days, when his future will become clearer.

There were several calls from prominent AFL media personalities for Bartel to be dropped following the qualifying final win over Hawthorn in week one of the finals, however, he retained his spot in the side.

Bartel has won three premierships, a Brownlow Medal, a Norm Smith Medal and two All-Australian Guernseys in an illustrious 15 year career.

Meanwhile, Geelong champion and fellow three-time premiership player, Corey Enright announced his retirement on Wednesday morning after a club record 332 AFL games.

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  1. “There were several calls from prominent AFL media personalities for Bartel to be dropped following the qualifying final win over Hawthorn in week one of the finals, however, he retained his spot in the side.” Retained his spot and was our best player behind Dangerfield and Selwood. How and why did this campaign to force Jimmy Bartle to retire start. Still makes the team better.

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