Hawthorn fans will get the chance to say goodbye to Jarryd Roughead on Sunday, with the Hawks hero handed the opportunity to play an emotional farewell match on Sunday.
- Jarryd Roughead will play his 283rd and final AFL game on Sunday against Gold Coast
- There were doubts whether Roughead would get a farewell game given Hawthorn are still in finals contention
- Coach Alastiar Clarkson called him a “rare, special player”
While also officially announcing Roughead’s intent to retire at the end of the season, the Hawks have confirmed the veteran forward will return to the team to play Gold Coast at Docklands.
With Hawthorn still in finals contention, but needing to win both its last two games, some had doubted whether coach Alastair Clarkson would succumb to the crowd’s calls for a Roughy farewell.
But Roughead will indeed get the chance to play his 283rd AFL game, and will hope to add to his tally of 572 goals.
“I’ve had an amazing 15-year journey with the Hawthorn Football Club,” Roughead said.
“I am content with everything I have achieved in my career to date and I know it’s the right time for myself, my family and the club.
“To play this great game for such a long time and to have experienced success like we have is something I’ll never take for granted.”
Roughead won four premierships with Hawthorn, including three in a row from 2013 to 2015. (AAP: David Crosling)
Roughead played in all four of Hawthorn’s premierships this century, having been selected at pick two in a famous draft haul that also netted the Hawks Lance Franklin and Jordan Lewis.
A committed and skilful key forward, Roughead became a fan’s favourite early and further won the hearts of all footy fans when he overcame a recurrence of melanoma in 2016.
Clarkson called Roughead an “outstanding custodian” of the club, and praised his “courage, humility and dignity” throughout the highs and lows of his career.
“His football smarts, resilience and intensely competitive spirit are what make him one of those rare, special players that don’t come along too often.
“We are lucky to have witnessed such an extraordinary career.”