Essendon veteran Dustin Fletcher has called time on an incredible career that has spanned more than 20 years and 400 games.
Despite his best efforts, Fletcher’s troublesome groin denied him the opportunity to pull on the boots for a farewell game this weekend.
“It’s been a huge honour to play at the same club as my dad and the team I supported as a kid, and to pull on the jumper for more than 20 years is something that I’m very proud of.” – dustin fletcher
“It’s been a huge honour to play at the same club as my dad and the team I supported as a kid, and to pull on the jumper for more than 20 years is something that I’m very proud of,” Fletcher said.
“I’d like to thank my wife Suzie, my boys Max and Mason and my family and friends for their support over my career.
“It’s been great to celebrate the success with them and they’ve always been there for me after a win or a loss.
“I’d also like to thank the members and supporters for the way they’ve treated me and my family over the years. Celebrating with them after winning the flags in 1993 and 2000 was really enjoyable and their support, especially over the past three years, is something that I won’t forget.
“I’ve loved every minute of playing for Essendon, I’ve been fortunate to win a couple of premierships and shared some great memories with my team mates and good friends.
“I’d like to especially thank Kevin Sheedy, James Hird and Doc (Bruce) Reid for their support and friendships over the whole journey.
“I can walk away knowing I gave everything I could for this club.”
Fletcher retires as the club’s games record holder (400) and fourth on the VFL/AFL games record table.
Fletcher is a two-time premiership player (1993 and 2000), club best and fairest (2000), and two-time All Australian (2000 and 2007).