COLLINGWOOD premiership player Tyson Goldsack has confirmed his retirement, blaming the AFL’s grim reaper for his demise.
The much-loved Magpie had not played any senior games since last year’s grand- final loss.
Already a 2010 premiership player, Goldsack added to his solid reputation when he made an unlikely recovery from a knee reconstruction to play in last year’s finals series.
Goldsack suffered the injury in a March pre-season game but managed to play in all four Collingwood finals.
The 32-year-old key position player debuted in 2007 and played 165 AFL games.
“I gave it one more year but football’s grim reaper got me,” Goldsack said.
“But I’m content. How could I not be? I realised all of my football dreams, met some outstanding and interesting people and, in a sense, grew up with Collingwood’s arm around me.
“I hope I did the jumper proud and thank the many, many people who helped me along the way.”
Goldsack said he and wife Chelsea decided a year ago to move their two daughters to SA in early 2020.
He made his retirement official on Tuesday, telling his teammates.
While Goldsack’s AFL career has stalled this year, he is building a solid media profile.
Coach Nathan Buckley said Goldsack earned complete trust from his teammates.
‘Goldy’ was always one of the most intense players in the contest. His speed and courage either in the air or on the ground quickly earned the respect of his teammates,” Buckley said.
“He was also a great clubman, someone people liked to spend time with. In the confines of a football club, who you are is as important as what you can do and ‘Goldy’ is a first-class human.”
© AAP 2019