Giant Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands has announced his retirement, with the Dockers set to give him a farewell home game against Essendon this Saturday night.
- After battling a calf injury the ruck veteran says it is time to “hang up the boots”
- Sandilands says he can no longer keep up with the physical demands of the game
- He is the competition’s all-time leader in hit-outs and the tallest player in the league
The 36-year-old has played 270 games for the club and will finish his career having made the third-most appearances for the Dockers.
Sandilands is the competition’s all-time leader in hit-outs, and at 211 centimetres tall, was once the tallest player in the AFL.
In a statement, the club said Sandilands made the decision to retire after battling a calf injury earlier this season.
The veteran ruckman said he had not been able to keep up with the physical demands of the game.
“It’s been a really frustrating year in terms of not being able to play enough footy,” he said.
“The body is at the point now where I can’t get enough kms [kilometres] in the legs to be fit enough.
“It’s all over and I’ve decided to retire.
“It’s obviously been a good journey but it’s my time to hang up the boots and move on to something else in life.”
Sandilands paid tribute to his supporters, saying his motivation to return for the second half of the season was a chance to show his appreciation to his fans.
“To be able to go out there on Saturday night and say one last thank you to all the fans, who have been riding the highs and lows along the way as well, it will be pretty special,” he said.