Midfielder Corey Maynard will retire at the end of the season due to ongoing hip issues.He was drafted in 2017 as a rookie and debuted that year. He had an impressive preseason in 2018, was elevated to the senior list and played the opening round that year but a hip injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. Maynard, 27, said the hip issues just would not allow him to continue. He said although he was bitterly disappointed, he is comfortable with his decision.
Football Manager Josh Mahoney praised Maynard for his professionalism and leadership, "It's really unfortunate for Corey ..
The impact Corey has had on the club should not be measured by the number of games he has played. His leadership, professional attitude and care for the club has had a major influence on his teammates. His commitment has been sensational over the past three seasons.":
Source: sen.com.au, AFL Record Season Guide
Scott Thompson Retires
Veteran defender Scott Thompson has announced he will retire at the end of the season. Thompson, 33, has played 238 games (through Round 21) over 12 seasons. He was playing for Geelong's VFL side when he was selected as a mature-age recruit in 2007.
Thompson said the decision was "... physical more than anything ... ” as he felt he was slowing down a l bit and did not want to try to play another season and realize he would not be able to see it out ... "Probably the hardest thing was telling a few of my teammates I was finishing up. I’ll miss them.”. Of his being drafted at the age of 21, he said, “The year I got drafted, I think I was the only player that got drafted from the VFL. Back then it was a bit difficult being drafted at 21, but I wouldn’t change anything ...".
North's General manager Cameron Joyce said Thompson epitomized the club mantra of "Never Beaten". He also said, “He is a player that will never lie down, and always gives his all out on the field. Scott’s determination, durability, competitiveness and grit can never be questioned, and he sets a terrific standard for all our players. He has been an incredible pick-up for us. We couldn't have hoped for a better player, person and leader. Scott's contribution to our club on and off the field cannot be underestimated."
Coach Rhyce Shaw said, "He’s going to leave a real hole in our team that someone’s going to have to fill. The whole team relies on what Scotty does. It’s not just the defenders, it’s everyone.”
Thompson terrorized opposition forwards with his niggling tactics, and was able to play on both small forwards and tall forwards. He was a member of the side that played in the 2014 and 2015 Preliminary Finals and was co-winner (with Daniel Wells) of the Syd Barker Medal in 2013 (North's Best and Fairest award) as well as earning All-Australian honors. His hard-man reputation was enhanced in recent weeks, when it was discovered he played out the Brisbane game in round 19 with a ruptured testicle. He underwent surgery that week but was back for Round 21.
Source: sen.com.au, afl.com.au
Article last changed on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 8:53 PM EDT