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Season Review: #11 Jeremy Laidler

Sydney Swans Media   October 10, 2017 9:52 AM

Veteran defender Jeremy Laidler ends his playing career after 87 games at three clubs.

Veteran defender Jeremy Laidler ends his playing career after 87 games at three clubs.

In summation...

Jeremy Laider may have only featured in three senior games during his final season as a player, but his impact at club level remained profound throughout 2017.

A victim of the Sydney Swans' depth, Laidler continued to work extremely hard for a recall and, at the same time, worked closely with NEAFL coach Rhyce Shaw to help impart his knowledge on his younger teammates.

His efforts didn't go unnoticed with the 28-year-old, who retired at season's end after 87 games, rewarded with a job offer that will see the widely-loved team member take the helm of the NEAFL side, alongside Tadhg Kennelly, as development coach.

He held his own at AFL level in what was a tough start to the season for the Sydney Swans, while the key defender reached a high level of consistency at the lower level to help guide Shaw's side through a successful year.

What the numbers say...

Games: 23

Goals: 10
Kicks: 21
H’balls: 22
Marks: 10
Disposals: 43
Tackles: 9

Rebound 50s: 6

Games: 16
Goals: 3
Kicks: 198
H’balls: 154
Marks: 102
Disposals: 352
Tackles: 44
Inside 50s: 41
Rebound 50s: 65

Best performance...

Round 15 v Gold Coast at SCG (NEAFL)
Jeremy Laidler led from the front in his side’s big win over the Suns with his 32 disposals, 11 marks, 7 tackles and 6 inside 50s. It was a continuation and strong reflection of Laidler’s form throughout the season.

What they said...

“Jeremy has always displayed a tremendous work ethic and mature outlook, and we look forward to him continuing to work with our younger players.”
- Head of Football Tom Harley upon Laidler’s appointment as Development Coach.

In pictures...

AFL 2017 Round 02 - Western Bulldogs v Sydney
Laidler contests against Western Bulldogs' Travis Cloke.

Laidler flies high against NT Thunder. Photo: Matt Corby for

Laidler tackles his Brisbane opponent in this year's NEAFL Grand Final. Photo: TJ Yelds.