As the end of the regular season fixture rolls around and the post-season hangover looms, more and more AFL greats are saying farewell to their esteemed careers in 2022.
While some have gone out on their own terms, others will be looking for an opportunity elsewhere next season after not being offered a new contract at their current clubs.
From one-club heroes and footy journeymen calling it quits, to veterans and rookies alike looking for a new home in 2023, this is the full list of players who have retired or been delisted so far.
Oscar McDonald – The former Demon managed just five games for Carlton as he battled injury over the past two seasons. Played 81 games across five seasons for Melbourne.
Jack Newnes – Delisted after 207 games split between St Kilda and Carlton, Newnes played 16 matches for the Blues in 2022 but was offered a new contract. In 2020, he became the first player in AFL history to play in all eight Australian states and territories as well as games in New Zealand and China.
Luke Parks – Played eight matches over the past two season after being picked in 2021 rookie draft.
Tom Williamson – Stepped away from the club in June due to personal issues before mutually agreeing with the club to part ways. Played 44 matches since debuting in 2017 but battled injury throughout.
Jordan Roughead – The 31-year-old called time in May after 201 games across 13 seasons for the Magpies and the Bulldogs. Managed just one game in 2022 as he battled shoulder injuries. Was a part of the drought-breaking 2016 Bulldogs premiership team.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti – The small forward called time on his career in May, referring to personal reasons for stepping away. Played 126 games after debuting in 2016, kicking 153 goals.
Devon Smith – The inaugural GWS player and Essendon best and fairest winner announced his retirement due to a degenetrative knee issue. Played 182 games across the two clubs but could only manage eight in 2022.
Michael Hurley – A serious hip infection at the end of 2020 saw the star swingman face a harrowing journey to return to the field, which he did in the final round of 2022. Played 194 games after debuting in 2009, making his name as a brilliant key defender in the second half of his career.
Tom Cutler – The former Lion was delisted four games short of his century having played just nine matches in 2022.
Tom Hird – The son of club legend James Hird was delisted having not played a senior match.
Garrett McDonagh – A mature-age recruit, McDonagh was delisted having not played a senior match.
David Mundy – Embarks on his last finals campaign as Fremantle’s most capped player. At the end of the regular season, the midfielder had 374 games to his name after 19 seasons with the Dockers, as well as an All-Australian blazer in 2015.
Matt de Boer – The lockdown midfielder retires 223 games between the Dockers and the Giants, having debuted in 2009.
Ben McEvoy – The Hawks captain calls time after 252 games across careers at St Kilda and Hawthorn. The ruckman was a crucial cog in the Hawthorn machine, winning premierships in 2014 and 2015.
Majak Daw – The versatile tall called time with no senior appearances for the Demons, after 54 games at North Melbourne.
Tom Lynch – Officially finishes up his 164-game career at North Melbourne after splitting games between St Kilda and Adelaide. Was only on the Kangaroos list for coaching purposes to avoid soft cap restrictions and did not play a senior AFL match.
Robbie Gray – Retires as the fourth most capped Power player in history after 271 games, while sitting second on the all-time goalkicking list with 367 majors, behind Warren Tredrea.
Steven Motlop – The speedster calls time after 217 games split between the Power and the Cats, having debuted in 2010. Kicked 229 goals, including a career-best 44 in his fourth season with Geelong.
Sam Mayes – The former Lion farewells Port 121 games, 20 of them in Port Adelaide colours.
Sam Skinner – Delisted after five total games having debuted for Brisbane in 2017. Battled significant knee injuries throughout his career.
Taj Scholfield – The son of Power champion Jarrad Schofield departs having not played a senior game for the Power.
Shane Edwards – The 34-year-old will call time at the end of Richmond’s finals campaign, sitting fourth on their all time games list behind Kevin Bartlett, Jack Riewoldt and Jack Dyer. A three-time premiership player, Edwards was named All Australian in 2018.
Kane Lambert – After 135 games, Lambert announced his retirement during the season due to ongoing injury issues. Played in all three of Richmond’s premierships.
Josh Caddy – A dual premiership player for the Tigers, Caddy called time on his career after 174 games – 79 with Richmond, 71 with Geelong, and another 24 at the Gold Coast, where he debuted in 2011 in their inaugural season.
Matthew Parker – Was delisted by Richmond after 11 matches, having started his career at St Kilda in 2019.
Paddy Ryder – Finishes his career as one of the best ruckmen in recent memory, playing 281 games across stints at St Kilda, Port Adelaide and Essendon, where he debuted in 2006.
Dan Hannebery – One of the finest midfielders in the game at his peak, Hannebery struggled with injury after moving from the Swans to the Saints. Managed just 18 games at St Kilda as a high profile recruit, having played 208 games at the Swans as a three time All Australian and one time premiership star.
Jarryn Geary – The Saints captain from 2017 to 2021 retired mid-season having been unable to get on the park in 2022. Played 207 games after debuting in 2008.
Dean Kent – Notched game 100 in the final round of the season, marking just his second senior match of 2022. Spent four seasons at the Saints after debuting for the Demons in 2013.
Darragh Joyce – The Irishman played 13 games for the Saints after debuting in 2018, but was delisted after just three matches in 2022.
Josh Kennedy – The midfielder retires after 290 games, 277 with the Swans and 13 with Hawthorn. Debuted in 2008 before making the move to the Swans in 2010, playing in the 2012 premiership against his old team and claim three All Australian nods. Retires as the sixth most capped Swan in history.
Josh Kennedy – The key forward called time on his AFL career, finishing as West Coast’s greatest ever goalkicker with 712 majors. The two time Coleman medallist and and three time All Australian did it with a bang, too, booting eight goals in his final match for the Eagles. Started his career at Carlton and played 22 games, before being involved in the infamous Chris Judd trade.
Source: AFL NEWS ABC