AFL’s Nathan Jones retires a Demons nice
The hardluck story of the Demons’ first grand last since 2000, Jones is asking it quits after 302 video games – the second most within the membership’s historical past, solely behind all-time main goal-kicker David Neitz (306).
The universally well-liked Jones opted to return house from Perth on Saturday, with spouse Jerri giving start to Odie and Dove on Sunday morning.
The 33-year-old has not featured within the Demons’ senior line-up since spherical 15, when he was an unused sub, and was extraordinarily unlikely to be recalled for the decider in opposition to the Western Bulldogs.
Due to Western Australia’s border restrictions, it could have been unimaginable for him to return for the grand last at Optus Stadium on September 25.
Jones, who captained Melbourne between 2014 and 2019, mentioned it was a bittersweet option to bow out.
The twin Demons best-and-fairest winner informed his teammates of his resolution throughout a Zoom catch-up.
Jones stayed loyal to Melbourne in probably the most tumultuous durations within the membership’s historical past when he may have chased success elsewhere.
His profession, which began below inspirational coach Neale Daniher in 2006, finishes with 101 wins, 198 defeats and three attracts.
‘Personally I’ve had a lot of feelings undergo my thoughts from the way it’s all unfolded,’ Jones mentioned.
‘From a person perspective, it has been disappointing, to say the least, figuring out the work I’ve put in.
‘But what I need to stress is that no matter that I’m nonetheless crammed with the utmost quantity of pleasure, happiness and delight for the place the membership is now in.
‘From my experiences, footy is a ruthless recreation and we should not take what we have constructed and created this season as a right.
‘Over the years, the 2 issues which have pushed me to remain dedicated to this footy membership have been firstly, the possibility to play in a premiership in the future and secondly, to make sure that no younger participant coming into Melbourne would have the expertise I did for a few years, I wished to go away the membership in a higher place.
‘Looking at the place the membership is now, I’m pleased with the place we’re and I’m so excited for the chance that my teammates have forward of them, to jot down a new chapter within the membership’s historical past.’
Demons coach Simon Goodwin informed his gamers that Jones’ legacy on the membership would final perpetually.
‘One of the toughest issues to do as a participant is undergo cultural change,’ he mentioned.
‘And we’re speaking about a tradition that was at rock-bottom.
‘He’s seen that journey via and he leaves the membership as we speak a proud man.’
Demons defender Christian Salem described Jones as a ‘large’ a part of the membership’s tradition.
‘It’s unhappy to see him retire, and the circumstances he did which are fairly unlucky by way of the scenario we’re in, by way of COVID,’ Salem mentioned.