Jimmy Bartel Has Made A HUGE AFL Career Announcement
Jimmy Bartel has retired from AFL football.
Bartel has released a statement on the Geelong website saying ‘’"I wanted to take my time once the season finished before I made this decision,” Bartel said.
“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. To have played with my home town club and to have shared in the success we have had has been an incredible experience.
"I was very fortunate to have played with some amazing players, but even more importantly better men, which always made the game fun. I always looked forward to coming into the club and will miss that. However, I am excited to weigh up my options and to explore the next step.
"There are so many people to thank. First and foremost thanks goes to my and Nadia’s families, my mum and stepdad Rob, sisters Olivia and Emma. Nadia and Aston who have helped me enjoy the career I have had and grow into the person that I am today.’
Bartel was just the fourth Geelong player to reach the 300 game plateau. Bartel emerged on the winning side in 213 of his 305 games and was at the core of the Cats' dominant run over the past decade. Bartel finishes his career as just one of two players to have collected 300 games, three premierships, a Brownlow medal and a Norm Smith medal.