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Jarryn Geary

Last played for St Kilda Saints in 2021
Games: 207     Born: June 23, 1988     Origin: Bendigo Pioneers
Playing Height: 183cm     Playing Weight: 82kg     Position: Midfield
Drafted: Round 5, Pick #58 2006 Rookie Draft by St Kilda Saints
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Jarryn Geary Biography

Wednesday, 25 October 2023
Jarryn Geary joins the Western Bulldogs as a development and player leadership coach.
Thursday, 14 July 2022
St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary announces his retirement, effective immediately, after 207 games.

After finishing top-five in the Trevor Barker Award every year between 2015 and 2018, Geary was restricted to only 24 games in his final four seasons due to a series of gruesome injuries.

“I’ve loved the journey I’ve had at the Saints and it’s been something I’ve cherished for over 15 years of my life," Geary said.

“I couldn’t have dreamed that when John Beveridge picked me out of Eaglehawk Football Club at pick 58 in the rookie draft that I would have ended up playing for so long and being captain of this club.”

Friday, 28 January 2022
Jack Steele will be the sole skipper of St Kilda in 2022 after sharing the captaincy duties with Jarryn Geary in 2021.

Geary stepped down as co-captain last week but will remain in St Kilda's leadership group alongside Callum Wilkie, with Tim Membrey and Dougal Howard to serve as co-vice-captains.

Monday, 21 June 2021
Jarryn Geary undergoes surgery to repair his injured right shoulder and is unlikely to play again in 2021.

The 32-year-old left the field late in the heartbreaking round 12 loss to Sydney with a serious dislocation. After a short trip to hospital to set the joint back in place, the club later realised surgery was the clear option.

Friday, 12 February 2021
St Kilda will have co-captains in 2021 with Jack Steele joining incumbent leader Jarryn Geary as skippers of the club.

"To have 'Gears' alongside me is also really special. He's really taken me under his wing, and I've learned so much from him since joining the club. His leadership is second to none, not just his voice on-field, but also how he rallies the group off it," Steele said.

Defender Dougal Howard has also been fast-tracked straight into the seven-man leadership group as vice-captain alongside Tim Membrey.

Callum Wilkie is a first-time inductee and joins last year's members Seb Ross and Jack Billings.

Friday, 29 January 2021
Jarryn Geary set to miss the start of the 2021 season after suffering a broken leg from landing awkwardly in a marking contest at training.

It is the same leg he fractured in 2019 in his first game back from compartment syndrome in his right thigh.

Geary will undergo surgery and the Saints are hopeful he can resume running within six weeks.

Monday, 9 March 2020
Jarryn Geary undergoes facial surgery after suffering a minor injury in the Saints' Marsh Community Series win over Collingwood.

"With the weekend off, our expectation is Jarryn will be there in round one," St Kilda chief operating officer Simon Lethlean said.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Jarryn Geary will lead St Kilda for a fourth season in 2020 with recruit Bradley Hill a fresh face in the Saints' leadership group.

The six-man leadership group will again include Seb Ross as vice-captain as well as Tim Membrey, Jack Billings and Dylan Roberton.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Jarryn Geary returns to Melbourne and will undergo surgery suffering a broken left fibula against Port Adelaide in China.

"It's extremely frustrating and disappointing, especially given Jarryn's professionalism throughout his recent rehab and determination to return to playing, but incidents like this are the unfortunate uncontrollable reality of football," Saints football manager Simon Lethlean said.

"At the moment, it's looking like an 8-10 week recovery period, but we'll know a bit more after the surgery."

Sunday, 2 June 2019
Jarryn Geary is almost certain to be out for the rest of the 2019 season with a leg fracture after being caught in a tackle by Port Adelaide's Connor Rozee.

Geary was running through the centre of the ground when Rozee ran him down from behind, just as the Saints' veteran went to dispose of the ball. Geary then kicked himself in the back of the leg, doing the damage.

He immediately grabbed at his ankle and had to be taken from the ground with the assistance of trainers before being sent to hospital.

The Saints confirmed in a statement the 30-year-old suffered a fractured fibula, describing it as a "clean fracture low down in his left leg".

Thursday, 30 May 2019
Jarryn Geary is set to complete a remarkable return to the field, just 44 days after his right thigh was sliced open during emergency surgery for compartment syndrome.

Adding to this feat is the fact that Geary's return will be in China where St Kilda will be 'hosting' Port Adelaide in Shanghai, at Jiangwan Stadium, for the first time in a three-year deal.

Geary ended up having three operations, with his wound sitting open for five days, before it was closed up with 30 stitches and 19 staples.

"The longer you don't do it (surgery), the more likely you'll be out for longer, because you'll get muscle damage," Geary said.

"Because they did it straight away, I had not had muscle damage."

Thursday, 2 May 2019
Jarryn Geary recounts the day when he needed an emergency operation in the aftermath of the Saints' round five victory over Melbourne after a bruising collision with Dees speedster Jayden Hunt to save a certain goal.

"It wasn't until I got in the car and started driving home – I battled to get out of the car. My leg had blown up pretty significantly by then. I just thought 'I'll go in and ice it'. I started icing it and it just kept getting progressively bigger and the pressure started really getting into the leg," he said.

"It got to about 10.30 and I thought 'I'll go and have a shower and get into bed' and then I thought 'Oh no, I better ring Barbs', so I rang our doctor and he said 'You should go to hospital', so I went to hospital.

"From there, it went really quickly. There were a few phone calls from the emergency doctor to a few surgeons. A few weren't available but luckily, a really great surgeon was available, Arvind Jain, who was brilliant throughout the whole process.

"By two o'clock (on early Sunday morning), I'd had the leg operated on and the pressure relieved."

Friday, 26 April 2019
St Kilda is preparing for a long stretch without skipper Jarryn Geary, who remains in hospital recovering from emergency surgery.

Geary was taken to hospital after copping a heavy knock to a thigh in last Saturday's win over Melbourne, and has spent the week with an open wound to aid the drainage of blood from the affected area.

"He's been sewn up now, that's a really important step, it's going the way that the surgeons would hope and he'll be out in two or three days," Saints coach Alan Richardson said.

Sunday, 21 April 2019
Jarryn Geary undergoes surgery on a corked thigh and is expected to be sidelined in the short term.

After a goal-saving collision with Demon Jayden Hunt during the Saints' 40-point win over the Demons, Geary experienced severe pain from bleeding in the muscle and was sent to hospital.

Thursday, 14 February 2019
Jarryn Geary will captain the Saints for a third straight season in 2019 with Seb Ross serving as vice-captain.

Former Swan Dan Hannebery has been included in the club's leadership group, while Jack Steven and wingman Jack Newnes have been left out.

Monday, 4 June 2018
Jarryn Geary is ruled out until after the bye after injuring his left calf in the Saints' loss to West Coast at the MCG.
Friday, 4 May 2018
Jarryn Geary still seeks the guidance of former club captain Nick Riewoldt, but says he's not trying to emulate the St Kilda great's leadership style.

"He has been a great mentor for me, someone who I used a lot last year and someone who I continue to have conversations with now," Geary said of Riewoldt.

"I'm not looking to fill his shoes, I'm not as good a player as Nick, and he led in his own way. I'm just hoping I'm leading in my own way."

Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Jarryn Geary will skipper St Kilda for a second season, but the veteran defender feels 2018 will be the true changing of the guard after the Nick Riewoldt era.

The 29-year-old will head a leadership group that has shrunk from eight last year to five in 2018 and includes Seb Ross, Jack Steven, Dylan Roberton and Jack Newnes.

"There's no doubt Nick was a leader of the club for a long time, and probably stood out in games when he was still probably the main man," Geary said.

"I guess (his retirement) will probably help me.

"I tried not to compete with him, he still led in his own way so it was a conscious effort not to compete with him.

"I won't have to do that this year.

"I think the five us will be the voice of the club. Nick obviously did that for a long time, but it's our turn to take over."

Thursday, 11 January 2018
Jarryn Geary continues to dominate St Kilda's time trials despite being made to start with a handicap.

"Gears started 10 seconds behind me and I reckon by the one-and-a-half-kilometre mark he flew past me," Saints teammate Seb Ross said.

"I'm not sure what his second-kilometre (time) was but it definitely would have been his quickest kilometre.

"We've come to expect that from Gears. He hasn't lost a time trial since I've been here."

Friday, 6 October 2017
Seb Ross claims his first Trevor Barker award as St Kilda's best and fairest after a career-best season in 2017.

Ross finished with 159 votes ahead of gun backman Dylan Roberton (124) and captain Jarryn Geary (121).

Ross paid tribute to retirees Nick Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna, Sean Dempster and Sam Fisher, who finished up after the end of the 2016 season, for teaching him valuable lessons.

"The legacy you left on me, you taught me how to work as a young kid," Ross said.

"It probably took me three or four years to figure it out and those three or four years watching you guys each day in your own life, you just put your head down and your bums up and you worked hard, you're as loyal as they come, you're some of the greatest blokes I've ever met and I just wish you guys well in the future."

Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Jarryn Geary signs a new two-year deal with St Kilda that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.
Monday, 15 May 2017
St Kilda's players have acknowledged their highly personal sledging of Marc Murphy crossed the line, with Jarryn Geary attempting to contact the Carlton captain in the fallout from an ugly clash at Etihad Stadium.

Meanwhile, Murphy responded to the social media commentary on Monday night, saying comments were hurtful to his wife and showed a lack of respect to women.

It comes as St Kilda coach Alan Richardson revealed he had a phone conversation with Murphy earlier in the day.

"It's a private conversation, it's between 'Murph' and I," Richardson told Fox Footy.

"I think he was appreciative. What you do have to remember (is) that Murph and I have got a bit of history; I worked with Murph for a couple of years."

Carlton and St Kilda officials have spoken following the ugly incident, which saw an incensed Murphy lash out at Carlisle as he lay injured on the ground just before three-quarter time.

That sparked a large melee instigated by Geary, who left a message with Murphy on Monday.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Jarryn Geary admits to being a little uncomfortable with the role of skipper at the Saints.

"(It doesn't sit) very comfortably, to be honest. I don't think it ever will, but I'll get used to it," Geary said.

"The main thing for me was the support from the playing group.

"Those (legendary) names are pretty overwhelming so I don't think I'll ever get used to that."

Geary hopes to keep out of the limelight and does not see himself changing much, despite the new title.

"I really enjoy not having that big profile. There are other blokes at the club that probably enjoy that more than me," he said.

"I'll embrace that, that's fine. I'm going to be able to walk down the street and still be myself. I'll say g'day to everyone that says g'day to me."

Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Jarryn Geary will be the St Kilda's new captain for 2017.

Geary takes over the role from Nick Riewoldt, who was skipper for 220 games. That tally ranks Riewoldt third on the all-time list for most VFL/AFL games captained, behind Carlton's Stephen Kernahan (226) and Essendon's Dick Reynolds (224).

Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna, Sean Dempster and Sam Gilbert took themselves out of contention for the leadership group, and thus the captaincy. Those players, known as the 'four elders', make up the Saints' over-30 contingent.

"Before that vote, Montagna, Riewoldt, Gilbert and Dempster got up and said 'Don't vote for us, we're out. Time for you blokes to drive it. We think you're ready'," Saints coach Alan Richardson said.

Midfielder Seb Ross, Dylan Roberton and Josh Bruce are St Kilda's newest official leaders. They join Geary, Jack Steven, David Armitage, Jack Newnes and Maverick Weller.

"If we had six players who got lots of votes and then there was a gap, we'd have six (in the leadership group). As it turned out, we had eight, because those guys were voted in really strongly," Richardson said.

Thursday, 12 January 2017
Jarryn Geary is firming as St Kilda's likely new captain, with two high-profile Saints nominating him as favourite to succeed Nick Riewoldt.

"Gears is probably the front-runner at this stage," Saints teammate Leigh Montagna said.

"Gears is really highly rated amongst the football club. (He's) probably not as well known outside the footy club, but certainly internally we rate him really highly."

Recently retired St Kilda defender Sam Fisher concurred.

"Behind the scenes at the club he is a natural speaker in front of the group and he has really grown in that aspect in the last couple of years," Fisher said.

"He's very good at giving feedback to people, whether it is the really direct or uncomfortable stuff.

“The way he works so hard on the training track and in games is second to none. He's the natural fit (as captain) I always thought [the coaches] would go for."

Thursday, 1 September 2016
Jack Steven has won St Kilda's best and fairest for the second consecutive year and the third time in his career.

The midfielder spent most of the count in front after a stellar season and notched up 172 votes, and finished in front of defender Jarryn Geary (157) and skipper Nick Riewoldt (153).

Sunday, 31 January 2016
Sam Gilbert says teammate Jarryn Geary would be his choice as the Saints' next captain when skipper Nick Riewoldt eventually hands over the reins.

"He has got very good leadership. He speaks very well in front of the group. He speaks at the right time and I really like the way he goes about his footy," Gilbert said of Geary.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Jarryn Geary extends his contract with St Kilda and will be with the club until at least the end of 2018.

The new deal should see the 27-year-old defender achieve life membership with the Saints.

"In my time at the Saints, I have seen the club rise to the top and now work its way up from the bottom," Geary said.

"There is an exciting future ahead for the Saints and I couldn’t be happier to commit to being a part of that future."

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Jarryn Geary turns his back on free-agency and agrees to terms for a new two-year contract with the Saints which will keep him at the club until the end of 2016.
Sunday, 4 May 2014
Scans have confirmed Jarryn Geary will be sidelined for 12 weeks after rupturing a ligament in his elbow.
Saturday, 3 May 2014
Saints Jarryn Geary and Tom Hickey are both set for extended periods on the sideline with injury.

Geary is reported to have ruptured a tendon in his right elbow in the second quarter against the Hawks and is expected to miss up to 12 weeks, while Hickey, who was ruled out during the week, had a hot spot in his foot that is expected to sideline him for up to 10 weeks.

Thursday, 1 May 2014
Jarryn Geary will play in his 100th game against Hawthorn at the MCG in round 7.

"After finding my feet a bit as a leader last year, this year is about helping the older guys who have been in there for a while," Geary said.

"It's not necessarily about having more impact on game day and taking away from them, but just little things around the club that make their lives easier."

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Jarryn Geary says the knowledge he contributed to teammate Nathan Wright's broken leg haunted him throughout the second half of St Kilda's loss to Adelaide at Etihad Stadium.

Geary and Wright collided mid-air in the second quarter of the Saints' 86-point loss with both coming to ground and the latter landing awkwardly.

Geary was able to get up and chase the ball while Wright was slower to move before being assisted from the field by two trainers when the pain of the break took hold.

The Saints were relatively sure he had fractured his fibula before the game finished. Scans later confirmed the injury and he had surgery on Monday.

"I did feel bad and it sort of played on my mind throughout the game and then at half-time I went and spoke to him and he told me he'd hurt his leg," Geary said.

"I was a bit concerned and as the game went on, it was in the back of my mind.

"He assured me he didn't think there was much in it, which was nice of him but it's not ideal, you don't feel too good about doing those types of things to your own teammates."

Friday, 7 February 2014
Nick Riewoldt chalks up record-equalling ninth year as Saints captain after being named as skipper of the club on Friday.

The Saints' leadership group will also comprise Leigh Montagna, David Armitage, Sean Dempster, Jarryn Geary and Lenny Hayes.

"I think we've felt a little bit disappointed the last couple of seasons about our ability to do that so we need to continue to display strong behaviours, especially around the ones we hold important," Riewoldt said.

"That's what the group was voted in on, to continue to do that and defend the Saints' trademark that we've come up with, and on-field performance comes into that, and to really drive and accelerate the growth from underneath and within the footy club.

"We've got a pretty clear mandate, we've spoken about that as a group and I think the rest of the players are aware of what we want to get out of being in this role."

Friday, 19 July 2013
Veteran Saint Lenny Hayes says youngster Jack Newnes, along with a number of other St Kilda players, has the potential to one day captain the club.

"Without putting too much pressure on a guy like Jack Newnes, I see a lot of leadership qualities in him," Hayes said.

"Jarryn Geary has become a really important player for us and a good leader over the last couple of years. Ben McEvoy's in there as well.

"Even a guy like Leigh Montagna, if 'Roo' didn't want to do it next year, then I'm sure he could take over for a couple of years until one of those younger guys is ready."

Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Nick Riewoldt will captain St Kilda for an eight successive season under a new leadership structure.

Riewoldt will be joined by Leigh Montagna, Nick Dal Santo, Ben McEvoy, James Gwilt, David Armitage, Sean Dempster and Jarryn Geary in the leadership group after Sam Fisher and Adam Schneider decided to step aside.

Friday, 11 January 2013
Jarryn Geary says improved consistency was the key to a good 2012 season for him.

"I had a pretty good pre-season and they showed a bit of faith in me. That was the key to last year. I have been more consistent than I was in previous years. In previous years [I] probably played a few good games here and there but then I would fall away," Geary said.

"It (consistency) is the one thing I am working on to try to continually improve that as well."

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Jarryn Geary has been St Kilda's most improved player in 2012.

"Last year I broke my leg and I didn't play too much footy. I missed 14 weeks so to have a full pre-season this year gave me a lot more confidence," Geary said.

"That helped and maybe with the new coach and coaching staff I thought I needed to step it up and show what I was capable of. That helped me achieve a role in the team and I've done that more consistently than in the last couple of years."

Monday, 9 July 2012
Defender Jarryn Geary has extended his contract with St Kilda until the end of 2014.

"(It's) pretty exciting to be able to play the next couple of years with St Kilda," he said.

"We've been developing some exciting young players this year, so I'm looking forward to being part of the future with them."

Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Jarryn Geary is hoping to play in his first final after 48 senior games with St Kilda.

"It happened the last couple of years where I'd play early in the year and fall away towards the end of the season," he said.

"So I've used that as a bit of inspiration to try and hold my spot in the team towards the end of the year."

Monday, 29 June 2009
Drew Petrie and Trent Cotchin have escaped with reprimands for striking offences on the weekend.

Petrie was cited for striking Brad Johnson, while Cotchin was fingered for striking Jarryn Geary.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009
St Kilda defender Jarryn Geary is the round-eight nominee for the 2009 NAB AFL Rising Star.

"I came in the door with Rob Eddy and Clinton Jones. Jayden Attard was also a rookie that year and he played 22 games before he did his knee," Geary said.

"It was good to come through with those boys. We were competing with each other to try and get on the list. It probably helped us out with where we are now. We all worked very hard and coming through with those guys really helped me along the way."

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