21/04/2024

Jarryn Geary has called time on his illustrious career today. (Photo: St Kilda Football Club)

One-club veteran Jarryn Geary has called time on his career effective immediately after 207 games and 16 years at St Kilda.

One-club veteran Jarryn Geary has called time on his career effective immediately.

Accompanied by his wife and kids, he spoke to his teammates informing them of his decision. Geary played 16 years at the Saints and was chosen to co-captain the side after Nick Riewoldt’s retirement.

Picked up in the 2007 rookie draft, Geary has gone on to have an influential career at St Kilda, playing 207 games over 16 years. A product of the well-known Eaglehawk Football Club, he was chosen at No. 58 alongside future teammates Clinton Jones, Robert Eddy and Jayden Attard.

He was elevated to the main roster in 2008 after showing promise as a developmental player. A tough and courageous player, Geary began his career in the midfield and moved to the half-back line over time. Here, he was able to control the game and lead the Saints out of defensive 50.

After Nick Riewoldt’s retirement in 2017, Geary was named Saints captain and was joined in 2021 by midfielder Jack Steele.

Not many Saints fans will forget his debut, as he went on to have a magnificent game earning 21 disposals, towards a best-on-ground performance. He received an AFL rising star nominee and will end his career with an average 16.2 disposals, 2.5 tackles, 3.9 marks, and three Brownlow medal votes.

Geary has been a leader on and off the field. (Photo: AFL)

“We would not be in the position we are today without Gears’ leadership, honesty and courage, and on behalf of the club, I would like to thank him for all he has done for St Kilda,” Saints coach Brett Ratten said.

“It’s always sad when one of your great warriors calls time, but you can’t help but feel immense pride for everything Jarryn has achieved and done for this football club.

“He’s led the club through some challenging times and pushed those around him to improve and bring a high standard consistently.”

Geary has not only been a leader on the field but has been an inspiration to many off the field, going above and beyond to help everyone. One story (shown down below) is him helping a young boy who crossed without his mother. Geary got out of his car and made sure young Hugo didn’t go any further which could have resulted in a serious injury.

“Jarryn has the ultimate recognition in football – has the entire club’s respect for the way he has conducted himself throughout his career,” Ratten continued.

“As a leader, Jarryn has influenced so many people around him over his time. From the players, to the football department and the wider staff, we owe him a debt of gratitude for everything he has poured into this club.”

Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean had many words to say about Geary and thanked him for his undeniable service and contribution to the club over a long period of time.

“Gears hangs up the boots as one of the most influential and dedicated players to represent the red, white and black,” Lethlean said.

“As a long-serving captain and leader, Jarryn really put the betterment of this club first and has been unflinching in that mission for the better part of a decade.

“Our next crop of leaders, namely Jack Steele, Dougal Howard, Callum Wilkie and Tim Membrey, have all benefitted significantly from Gears’ input, and you can see a number of those elements within all of them as a result of his commitment.”

Despite retiring effective immediately, he will still be involved in the club. Unfortunately the Saints don’t have a home game until July 30 against Hawthorn to honour him.

In a statement from the club, the Saints will recognise Geary’s achievements at the most appropriate time when they have a home-crowd.

Geary spoke after the announcement, addressing the club as a whole.

“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,” he 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.

“I want to thank my entire family for their support, but particularly my beautiful wife and our two children Harriet and Freddie. Thank you for sticking by me and supporting me over the years, I couldn’t have done it without you.

“Thank you to Ratts, Matt Finnis, Simon Lethlean and the board for standing by me and backing in my leadership. I’ve learnt a lot from all of you, as well as my past coaches.

“To our fans and members, thank you for always being there. I wish we could have brought you more success, you certainly deserve it.

“To the boys and all the players I’ve played with over the years, you’ve all made this club so special to me. Keep building your trust with one another, that’s the challenge.

“I know you’re going to succeed sooner rather than later if you keep digging in and hopefully you can continue to climb and give yourselves the opportunity to play in September.”

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