Suckling, Trengove call time

Experienced duo Matt Suckling and Jackson Trengove have announced their AFL retirements.

Experienced duo Matt Suckling and Jackson Trengove have announced their AFL retirements. 

The pair were informed after the season they would not be offered contracts by the Western Bulldogs for 2021. 

Both have decided to call time on their careers, after more than 12 years in the AFL system across two clubs.

Suckling spent five seasons as a Bulldog from 2016, after nine years with Hawthorn. 

The 32-year-old played 178 AFL games – 65 of those in red, white and blue – and was a dual premiership player with the Hawks, winning flags in 2014 and 2015.

He featured twice in finals for the Bulldogs in their victorious 2016 campaign, without being part of the 22 on grand final day. 

“I’ve gone back and forth over this decision for the most part of this season, and now it’s clear that it’s the right time,” Suckling said. 

“I’ve loved the past 14 years and I’ll be forever grateful to the two clubs that allowed me to live out my childhood dream.

“I’ve experienced all the highs and lows that come with being an AFL footballer.

“Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported throughout this journey. I’m super excited and ready to start the next chapter of life.”

Trengove spent three seasons with the Bulldogs, after nine with Port Adelaide.

The 30-year-old played 186 AFL games – 33 with the Bulldogs and 153 with the Power.

“There are many people I owe my sincere gratitude to who have supported and helped me along the way - most importantly, my mum and dad, sister, wife and kids. I also owe a special thanks to the coaches that have had a big influence on my career,” Trengove said. 

“To all of the supporters and the volunteers who are the backbone of these clubs - thank you. 

“My AFL career has been full of highs and lows but I have enjoyed the most part of living out what started out as just a boy with a big dream.

“I close this chapter of my life with the greatest memories with my team mates who I’ve spent so much of my time with over the last 12 years. Looking forward to the next opportunity in the next phase of my life!”


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