St Kilda veteran Sam Fisher has announced his retirement from AFL football after 13 seasons.
Fisher played 228 games with the Saints, including 12 season, after being selected with pick No.55 in the 2003 National Draft.
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“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time playing for St Kilda Football Club and I can retire knowing that I have given my all over the past 13 years,” the 34-year-old told the club’s website.
“While it will be different supporting from the sidelines, I’m looking forward to seeing my teammates and coaches enjoy well-deserved success in the years to come.
“I don’t think anyone imagines they’ll play over 200 games but I’m so grateful to have had this experience and would like to thank St Kilda Football Club and the fans for their support over the years.”
Fisher won two club and fairest awards in his distinguished career and was a member of the 2008 All-Australian side.
Coach Alan Richardson thanked Fisher for his brilliant service to the football club.
“Sam arrived at the club before a lot of us, myself included, but he will also leave a legacy that will extend past many of our times at the club,” Richardson said.
“While Sam’s honours as an All-Australian, Trevor Barker Award Winner and International Rules player highlight the impact he’s had on the field he’s also taken the opportunity in the last few years to help and teach our young defenders.
“Sam’s definitely made his mark on the club, we thank him for his remarkable service and wish him all the best for the future.”