AAP AFL

Roughead hangs up boots before Perth trip

By AAP Newswire

After booting six goals in Hawthorn's win over Gold Coast, Jarryd Roughead and the club have decided the veteran forward will not make the trip to Perth for the round 23 clash with West Coast.

Football operations general manager Graham Wright said that after discussion with Roughead both parties agreed that the Suns clash was the perfect note for the 32-year-old to finish his career on.

"Sunday's match could not have been any more of a fairytale finish for Rough," said Wright.

"He was able to wind back the clock and provide his teammates, family and our supporters with a pretty special memory.

"Rough has made the call to officially hang up the boots this week, but he will remain a part of the squad for as long as our 2019 season is alive.

Roughead said that having put everything into last Sunday's performance, he felt his body was not up to a six-day break and trip to Perth.

"You honestly could not have written a better script than the way things panned out on Sunday," said Roughead.

"That being the case, I've made the call to officially hang them up. This week is a big game for the footy club and like all Hawthorn fans, I'll be sitting back and hoping for another fairytale result for the brown and gold this weekend.

"I'd like to thank everyone for making Sunday so special. The atmosphere in the stadium was incredible and I'll cherish the memories forever."

Roughead played 283 AFL games for the Hawks since debuting in 2005. He kicked 578 goals, winning the Coleman Medal in 2013, and was a member of the squad which won four premierships between 2008 and 2015.