Adam Goodes has announced his retirement from the AFL to team-mates and Sydney Swans' staff after the club's semi-final loss to North Melbourne on Saturday night.
The two-time Brownlow medalist was prominent in the game, but did not speak to the media at the end of play, nor did he make any obvious farewell gestures to the crowd. The 35-year-old kicked the first and last goals of the game, booting 2.2 and tallied 18 touches and 10 marks in a solid swansong. He retires after 372 games across 17 seasons. Sydney Swans coach John Longmire was quoted by the club on its Twitter account about the announcement, saying "I was emotional but he (Goodes) was fine". He has kept it to himself because it has never been about Adam it was about our season and being competitive," a tweet said. "It is hard to get that group of players and staff together so it was a simple decision to do it in the rooms." Swans' defender Rhyce Shaw, who had previously announced he was retiring at the end of the season, said: "It's a bit of a shock, he's a champion of this footy club." "He's a champion of the AFL and one of the greatest people I've ever met," he said. Asked what Goodes said to his teammates, Shaw said "he said 'it's his time', he's happy to bow out this way". "He spoke about how it's been such a long journey for him, 18 years, coming up here and just giving it everything he's got," Shaw said. "And 372 games later he's had enough and he's contributed so much to the footy club and to the AFL. "He can go out whichever way he pleases. The time's right for Goodesy, that's all you can really say. "He wanted to retire this way and he's done it and he deserves every accolade he gets." Shaw was chaired off the field by his teammates after his 237th and final AFL game and would have liked Goodes to have been afforded a similar honour. "It would have been fantastic for Goodesy to be up there with me, but he wanted to do it his own way," he said. In July, there was speculation Goodes would retire after being booed by a crowd at Subiaco Oval.