Journeyman Jeremy Laidler has called an end to his AFL career after 10 years and 87 games at three clubs.
Drafted by Geelong with pick #32 in the 2008 Rookie Draft, Laidler played two games with the Cats before being traded to Carlton in 2010 and then making his way to Sydney in 2013 as a delisted free agent.
Laidler retires after 87 AFL games, including 61 in red and white.
The 28-year-old will remain at the Club, taking up a position as a development coach.
Laidler says the timing is right to transition to the next stage of his career.
“Coming into the AFL system I wasn’t sure if my career would last two years – so I feel really fortunate to have played for 10. Although it was a rollercoaster along the way I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at all three clubs,” Laidler said.
“This year I did some work with the QBE Sydney Swans Academy and I loved my time there, so to be given this opportunity by the Swans I am very grateful and excited by the challenge.”
Sydney Swans Head of Football Tom Harley says Laidler has all the right attributes to make a smooth transition into coaching.
“I would like to welcome Jeremy to our coaching ranks,” Harley 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.”
Jeremy Laidler Statistics
DOB: August 5, 1989
Draft history: Pick 32, 2008 Rookie Draft
AFL Debut: Round 15, 2009 v Brisbane
Swans Debut: Round 1, 2014 v GWS
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Swans player No. 1386