Jack, a member of the Swans’ 2012 premiership side, was named co-captain of the team in 2013, a year in which he also received All-Australian honours.
The Swans signed Jack as a rookie in 2005, a decision that perplexed many. Seen as too small and often short a length in the boot, the questioning of the signing only built after Jack played a measly two games in his first two seasons.
One of the doubters was his now admiring coach, John Longmire.
“He leaves the game in rare company with his achievements and highly respected inside and outside the code – but few people who witnessed Kieren Jack’s early games of Australian Rules Football would have predicted the magnificent career that was to follow,” Longmire told the club’s website.
However, the history books will validate the call. Jack had an explosive 2008 season and became a mainstay of a fit and disciplined Sydney side that were always in the hunt.
In the 2012 Grand Final, Jack secured his place in Swans lore, kicking two goals in his team’s 10-point victory.
Jack will retire one of just nine Swans to have breached the 250 games mark and has been lauded as a pioneer of the game in New South Wales by Longmire.
“Kieren Jack’s story as a trailblazer for the code in this state cannot be underestimated. It would be reasonable to say that Kieran’s journey has done as much for the code’s development over the past 14 years as any person,” Longmire added.