Posted: 12 October, 2016
by Footy Newsroom
Patfull Hangs Up The Boots
GWS defender calls it quits
Greater Western Sydney defender Joel Patfull has announced his retirement.
Patfull joined the Giants at the end of 2014 after 12 seasons with the Brisbane Lions.
He only missed six games in his two seasons with the Giants and featured in the club's first two finals in their history this year.
The 31-year-old finishes up on 220 career matches.
Patfull was originally recruited by the Lions in the 2003 rookie draft and won back-to-back best-and-fairests for them in 2012 and 2013.
Patfull said he was looking forward to the next stage of his life.
“I feel like the time is right to retire and I leave the game with no regrets,” said Patfull.
“I’m very fortunate to have played at two clubs and gained the lifelong friendships I have.
“I never imagined playing over 200 games was possible, and I’d like to thank my family as well as everyone at the Giants and the Brisbane Lions for their support throughout my career.
“I leave the Giants knowing the club is heading in the right direction and I hope to see this driven group achieve the ultimate success in the near future.”
Patfull will be re-drafted by GWS in next month’s rookie draft in the interest of fulfilling a required player payment and the club adhering to the total player payment obligations.
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