Veteran Cat announces retirement after 260 games

Shaun Higgins has announced his retirement after 260 AFL games.

The 34-year-old’s 17-year spell in the AFL saw him play for the Western Bulldogs, North Melbourne and now Geelong, where he managed 23 games.

Higgins, All-Australian in 2018, informed his teammates of his decision on Tuesday morning.

“I feel privileged to have been able to play at this level for 17 seasons at three top clubs. I feel extremely lucky to have fulfilled a childhood dream of playing football and am grateful for all the friendships, memories and support over the years,” Higgins said in a statement posted on the club’s website.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have represented Geelong, they are a special club and even though I was only there for two seasons, the place and the people have had a lasting impact on me.

“There were so many people who helped me along the journey, I would like to thank my wife Heidi and my children Rosie, Harry and Emme, my mother, my father and my extended family. Thanks also to Bruce, Mary, Richard and Kev for the support and role they played.

“Thank you also to the teammates with whom I was able to share the locker room and the pitch and to my coaches for shaping me as a player.

“While I’ve had challenges with injuries this season, I’m comfortable knowing that I’ve done everything I can to make a return to the senior team, and even if that hasn’t didn’t work out, I’m focused on playing my part in helping the team prepare as best they can for Saturday’s Grand Finals and seeing my teammates rush the MCG.

Higgins last played in Round 16 earlier this year.