Former St. Kilda boss Jarryn Geary immediately called AFL after 16 years in the league.
After making his debut in 2008, Gary played 207 games for the Saints and left the club from 2017 to 2021.
The 34-year-old has suffered a number of injuries in his last career – making three major appearances since 2021 – including a shoulder injury at the start of this season.
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“I loved my trip to the Saints and it was something I have cherished in my life for over 15 years,” says Gary.
“I didn’t think I would play for a long time and end up as captain of this club when John Beverge expelled me from Pig 58 in the draft draft of Eglehawk Football Club.
“I want to thank my whole family for their support, especially my beautiful wife and our two children, Harriet and Freddie. Thank you for standing by me and helping me for years, I could not do without you.
“Thank you Rats, Matt Finnis, Simon Letlin and the Board for their support and leadership. I have learned a lot from all of you and my past coaches.
“Men and players I have played with for years, you have all made this club special to me.
“Continue to trust each other, this is the test. I know you will succeed if you continue to dig, and I hope you will be able to go out on your own in September.
Saints coach Brett Raton Gary praised his performances for the club.
“We would not be where we are today without Gears’ leadership, loyalty and courage and I would like to thank him for all he has done for St. Kilda on behalf of the club.” There is a mouse.
“It’s always sad when one of your great fighters calls, but there is nothing you can do but be very proud of what Jarini has done and done for this football club.
“He never backs down or is thrown in the towel, he always fights hard and puts his body in line with his teammates, and his heroism is very few.
“Above all, Jarin is loyal to the football club and those around him.
“He has led the club through difficult times and has motivated those around him to improve and consistently improve.
“Jarin has the highest acclaim in football.
Gary will remain in the club’s football program unofficially for the rest of the season.
St George’s Chief Executive Officer Simon Letlin added: “Gears is one of the most influential players to represent red, white and black.
“As a long-serving captain and leader, Jarin is truly ahead of the club’s development and has been on the mission for the better ten years.
“Our next crop of leaders, Jack Steele, Dougal Howard, Calm Wilke and Tim Membere, have all benefited greatly from Gears’ input, and because of his commitment you can see many of these components.
“Gears has now passed the torch, and now it is our turn for the ultimate success of all of us who continue to work tirelessly and faithfully.
“You will always be a member of the St. Kilda family for Jarin, his wife Emma and his children Harriet and Freddie.”