Hawthorn and Brisbane great Luke Hodge has officially announced his retirement after the Lions were knocked out of the finals against GWS by three points at the Gabba.
The defender initially retired in 2017 after 16 seasons at Hawthorn before joining the Lions for two more seasons, taking his games tally to 346 – the highest for any number one draft pick in AFL history.
After Brisbane’s finals exit, coach Chris Fagan told reporters that Hodge didn’t want a fuss made about his retirement, preferring to “walk away quietly”.
However, Hodge will still hang around at the Lions next year, with his role to still be confirmed.
"That's his last game for the club," Fagan said.
"He won't be lost to the club, I can't tell you what his role will be at the moment because we haven't sorted that out fully."
"He's hung (the boots) up, the old fella. He's finished on a high note and he's been unbelievable for us."
The 35-year-old hadn’t officially told the club he was intending on retiring, but Fagan admits he just knew.
Luke Hodge has announced that the 2019 season will be the last of his stellar career. Thank you for your amazing contribution to the Brisbane Lions and to AFL, Hodgey. pic.twitter.com/LK8U9kzXmq
— Brisbane Lions (@brisbanelions) September 14, 2019
"I sort of knew, but I never directly asked him the question," Fagan said.
"I just said, 'Is that it?' He goes, 'that's it'. So, that's it."
Hodge boasts a remarkable CV, which includes being a four-time premiership player (2008, 2013, 2014, 2015), two-time Norm Smith medallist (2008 and 2014), three-time All-Australian (2005, 2008, 2010- captain) and two-time Hawthorn best and fairest (2005 and 2010).
He also captained the Hawks from 2011 to 2016.