On Tuesday, August 1, 2023, the star player of the Eagles announced his retirement while getting emotional during his speech. According to him, Shannon Hurn will finish his career at season’s end. He will wind up his 18-year-long AFL career at the end of this season. Shannon Hurn was the caption of the Eagles in the 2018 premiership. As per his announcement speech, Shannon Hurn will play the last game of his career against Adelaide at Optus Stadium in round 24. Since Shannon Hurn announced his retirement from AFL, his fans are taking over the internet and showing their gratitude toward Shannon Hurn. Be sticky with the blog and unfold more details about Shannon Hurn. Also, read what he said while announcing his retirement. Take a look below.
Shannon Hurn’s retirement speech video
Shannon Hurn is the record holder of West Coast. He informed his teammates about his decision on Tuesday when the West Coast came off breaking the losing streak of their club with a win against North Melbourne on Sunday. In fact, Shannon Hurn is the only player in the 35-year history of West Coast, who played more than 300 games. The hardnosed defender has played a total of 332 games as of now. Shift to the next section and read how he announced his retirement. Scroll down.
Shannon Hurn said, “I love playing the game and I know I’m really going to miss it. But I also know the time is right. People have told me that I would know when this moment arrived and it’s here. Unfortunately, you can’t go on forever and it’s time for me to step away. I feel very lucky to have played for as long as I have, always wanting to contribute to the team, but ultimately the game does catch up with you – especially at 35.”
The coach of the Eagles Adam Simpson said Hurn was one of the best captains he had seen in the AFL. Adam Simpson played 306 games for North Melbourne. However, Hurn’s retirement was expected to be an off-season of change as they seem destined to collect just the second wooden spoon for the club. In the 2018 premiership campaign, Hurn became All-Australian and in 2019 he was named vice-captain of the team with a second blazer. Eagles coach said, “The first thing you want from your leaders is to play well, and there weren’t many times in his career when ‘Bunga’ (Hurn) didn’t do that,” Hurn is one of the three premiership captains of the club.