Jack Steven, retirement, Geelong Cats, St Kilda, 30-years old


The Geelong Cats’ Jack Steven has called an early end to his career, just a season after joining the club from St Kilda.

The midfield start won four Trevor Barker Awards — St Kilda’s best and fairest award — as well as twice making the AFL’s 40-man All Australian squad.

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Steven joined the AFL in 2007 when he was picked up by St Kilda, a team he played at until the end of the 2019 season.

But the star had mental health issues that cut his 2019 season short, playing just seven games and taking two breaks to deal with his concerns.

At the end of the season, he requested a trade to Geelong for Pick 58.

The move didn’t pay off for the 30-year-old star however, adding just nine games with one goal for the Cats, adding to his 183 games for St Kilda and 112 goals.

It was a rocky season as well with Steven making headlines in a bizarre story that saw the midfielder taken to hospital with a stab wound during the AFL’s season suspension.

He also struggled to crack the side of the grand finalists, with a hamstring injury in a practice match late in the season seeing the star miss the finals series.

Since the season finished, there had been talk that Steven would end his career just one year into his two-year deal with the Cats and it was finalised on Thursday with the retirement announcement.

Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd farewelled Steven from the club.

“We are happy for Jack that he has made this decision and wish him well in his future,” Lloyd said.

“Jack had an outstanding career and we enjoyed having him play with us this year. It’s great that Jack is back home on the Bellarine and we look forward to seeing him enjoy the post-football part of his life.”

The talk has been going on for some time with former teammate Brendon Goddard telling AFL Trade Radio, earlier this month that “It would be disappointing” if his career ended like this.

“It was a tough decision to leave St Kilda. He had a serious impact there,” Goddard said.

“I thought towards the end of the year he was looking healthier and happier than what he had.”

Steven joins Harry Taylor and Gary Ablett as retirees from the Cats this season.



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