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Geelong’s Harry Taylor announces his retirement after Cats’ AFL grand final heartbreak

Two-time premiership defender Harry Taylor has announced his AFL retirement, describing his career at Geelong as “one hell of a ride”.

The 34-year-old, who played 280 games over 13 seasons, joins Gary Ablett in retirement.

Taylor tasted premiership success with Geelong in 2009 and 2011 and was twice named in the All-Australian team.

He finishes in equal ninth place for most games played at Geelong, and his 31 finals is the fourth most in league history.

Taylor, who was snared with pick number 17 in the 2007 national draft as a 21-year-old, thanked Geelong and the club’s fans for their support over the years.

Geelong's Gary Ablett gives the thumbs up as he is hugged by Harry Taylor after the AFL preliminary final against Brisbane.
Gary Ablett and Harry Taylor after the Cats’ preliminary final win.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

“I limped into the Geelong Football Club bright eyed and determined back in 2007 and limp off 4,723 days later in 2020 proud that I have given my absolute best to our great club,” Taylor said.

“The one-on-one contests, the ice baths, the heartbreaking losses and the unbelievable victories at home or far away. I have tried to prepare as well as possible for every battle.

“We both know I didn’t move like the most graceful looking footballer, nor did I subscribe to the AFL player stereotype.

“I would have loved to have helped our great club win more games and more premierships but I leave having fully committed to the process and the values of our organisation. It’s been one hell of a ride.”

Taylor’s last game was the 31-point grand-final loss to Richmond last week.

Harry Taylor gives a fist pump after kicking a goal for the Cats.
Taylor played 280 games for Geelong, and won two premierships.(AAP: Julian Smith)

Ablett had already announced his retirement earlier in the season, but Taylor’s future was unclear following the grand final defeat.

Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said Taylor wanted a low-key retirement and the club respected his wishes.

“Harry continued to play exceptional football until his final game,” Taylor said.

“He has demonstrated an insatiable appetite to continue to learn and has always been highly invested in the betterment of the team, club and community.”


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