Veteran Neville Jetta also announced his retirement after 159 games across 13 seasons with the club. The defender, renowned for his leadership qualities, was also consigned to fringes of a strong Demons side this season and missed selection in the finals.
Jetta joins former captain Nathan Jones in retirement. Having been an emergency for the preliminary final, Jones flew home from Perth to be at the birth of his twins with wife Jerri, meaning he was not on hand for the grand final at Optus Stadium.
Oskar Baker, Kade Chandler, Toby Bedford and Marty Hore are other fringe Demons whose futures are yet to be confirmed by the club.
Small forward Chandler was an emergency for the grand final.
“Couldn’t [have] wrote the script any better really with everything coming full circle and having the chance to witness and be apart of ultimate success at our great club in my home state. Was [an] excited [18-year-old] leaving WA in 2008 to now finishing my career back home 13 [years] later is something I wouldn’t [have] even dreamt about,” Jetta wrote on Instagram.
“Grateful for the opportunity not only once but twice to continue to be at and play for this club. Big thanks to everyone who made my journey a memorable one. I thank each and every one of you and will reply to your messages soon.
“Super proud of my journey here as a player, one that has had many ups and downs but forever grateful to have been given the opportunity to live out a childhood dream of playing at the highest level and help our club be great again!!!!”
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