Joel Patfull retires from
AFL football after 11 seasons in the competition.
Patfull told club officials this week that he'd decided against playing on, despite triggering a one-year contract extension earlier this year which would have taken him into the 2017 season.
The Giants and Patfull have come to a mutual agreement that will see the ex-Lion delisted by the Giants, before being re-selected at next month?s rookie draft, but he will not play for the club next year.
The move has been approved by the AFL, in the interest of fulfilling a required player payment and the club adhering to the Total Player Payment (TPP) obligations, and gives GWS some highly valuable salary cap relief.
“I feel like the time is right to retire and I leave the game with no regrets,” he said.
“I’m very fortunate to have played at two clubs and gained the lifelong friendships I have.
“I never imagined playing over 200 games was possible, and I’d like to thank my family as well as everyone at the Giants and the Brisbane Lions for their support throughout my career.
“I leave the Giants knowing the club is heading in the right direction, and I hope to see this driven group achieve the ultimate success in the near future.”