Brett Deledio today announced that he will retire at the end of the season amid a luckless run with injury.
The champion of 274 games with Richmond and GWS spoke on SEN’s Bob and Andy about when he knew his time in the game was coming to an end.
“I think it was probably early in this year, I knew that I’d have to play just about nearly every game – which was never going to happen – to get another contract next year,” Deledio said.
“I’d really started to put the wheels in motion with my wife and family as to what the future would hold.
“It was over Christmas time when I was spending so much time with my family and dealing with another nick in my calf, that I really started to realise that it was probably going to be my last year."
Taking a more humorous look at his departure from the game, Deledio began to feel his age upon his move to the Giants at the end of 2016.
“I always hated being called old because I still felt so young and fresh in the mind,” he added.
“I said to the boys: ‘I’ve been here for three years and I have not sung along or known one song you’ve played pre-game, in the gym’.
“I try and play my stuff and they just think I’m prehistoric.”
Deledio, 32, has managed 13 games in 2019, averaging 17.9 disposals, but will be looking to return to the Giants’ lineup for the finals to chase that elusive premiership.
__Listen to Brett Deledio chat to Bob and Andy in the player below: