Hawthorn captain Ben Stratton and fellow triple-premiership Hawk Paul Puopolo will retire from AFL after Sunday’s conflict with Gold Coast on the Adelaide Oval.
Stratton, 31, was named captain forward of the 2019 season and can lead the Hawks one ultimate time, whereas 32-year-old Puopolo may even play his final sport in opposition to the Suns.
Puopolo has performed 195 AFL video games however has been restricted to simply 5 this season whereas Stratton has made 201 appearances, with 13 this yr.
“Stratts and Poppy are distinctive examples of Hawthorn individuals, every with an unimaginable work ethic and every extremely revered amongst our taking part in group and inside our membership,” coach Alastair Clarkson stated.
Stratton was recruited from East Perth as a mature-aged choice within the 2009 AFL draft, with Puopolo plucked from Norwood a yr later.
The duo performed essential roles in Hawthorn’s run of premierships from 2013 to 2015 – Stratton as a intelligent, hard-nosed defender and Puopolo as a intelligent strain ahead.
Clarkson lauded Stratton’s selfless nature and competitiveness and Puopolo’s resilience and stated the pair had been stellar examples of what mature-aged recruits may carry to the desk.
“Each Stratts and Poppy had been drafted to the membership as mature-age recruits and are incredible position fashions for what you may obtain you probably have perception and dedication,” he stated.
“As a coach, they’re each gamers you like to have in your aspect. They by no means give in and they’re going to put completely all the things on the road for his or her teammates and the membership.
“I’m thrilled that we’ll have the chance to see them pull on the boots one final time on Sunday and I do know their teammates and our members are excited for the prospect to farewell them.”