GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Harry Taylor of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 22 match between the Geelong Cats and the Fremantle Dockers at GMHBA Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Geelong veteran Harry Taylor has announced his retirement from the game after 280 games with the Cats.

Taylor ends his career a two-time premiership player with Geelong, winning two All-Australian selections across his 13 seasons in the AFL.

“I want to say thank you for your fiercely loyal support over my 13-year career as a player at the Geelong Football Club,” Taylor said in a letter to Cats’ members.

“I limped into the Geelong Football Club bright eyed and determined back in 2007 and limp off 4,723 days later in 2020 proud that I have given my absolute best to our great club. The one on one contests, the ice baths, the heartbreaking losses and the unbelievable victories at home or far away. I have tried to prepare as well as possible for every battle. You have been there with me through it all.

“I grew up on a farm near a pin head sized country town in the mid-west of Western Australia. We both know I didn’t move like the most graceful looking footballer, nor did I subscribe to the AFL player stereotype. I am unique but I have always just done what I think works best to help my teammates and the Geelong Football Club. I know myself and live by a vision. I strive to be a man of my word. Integrity and authenticity guide my path forward.

“I would have loved to have helped our great club win more games and more premierships but I leave having fully committed to the process and the values of our organisation. I hope you have enjoyed laughing, yelling, crying, and moving your head both horizontally and vertically with me and at me over the past 13 years. It’s been one hell of a ride.

“Go Cats.”

Taylor joined the Cats in 2007 and ends his career as a life member of both the AFL and Geelong.