Veteran Docker to bid farewell

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Fremantle small forward Hayden Ballantyne will play his final home game against Essendon this weekend.

Ballantyne was advised that he won’t be offered a contract for next season having played just twice for the Dockers in 2019.

The 32-year-old will join veteran ruckman Aaron Sandilands in bidding farewell to the home faithful on Saturday night.

“Hayden has always been hugely popular with our players, respected for his leadership and admired for his incredible determination and tenacity,” GM of Football Peter Bell told fremantlefc.com.au.

“He is also much loved by our members and supporters who will no doubt give him a rousing send-off.

“Hayden wants to continue his playing career, if possible, in 2020 and we were not in a position to offer him a contract extension.

“His management has advised that Hayden wants to remain in the AFL system and pursue a playing or off-field role.”

Taken at pick No.21 in the 2008 National Draft, the livewire has kicked 254 goals in 170 matches for Fremantle.

2014 was Ballantyne’s finest season as a Docker, winning All-Australian selection after kicking a career-best 49 goals.