AFL Players to Call ‘2017’ Their Last!

Some players know it already and some don’t, but a stunning list of some of AFL’s greatest are entering their final year of their AFL careers.

We look at the talented list of AFL players who have entertained us over the past decade and may call 2017 their last.


SCOTT THOMPSON – 32 Years Old

No. 16, 2000 National Draft (Melbourne)

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2× Malcolm Blight Medal (2011, 2012)
All-Australian (2012)
Phillip Walsh Medal (2015)
Harold Ball Memorial Trophy (2001)

Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2004 Melbourne 39 (17)
2005– Adelaide 268 (145)
Total   307 (162)


JAMES KELLY – 33 Years Old

No. 17, 2001 National Draft (Geelong)

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Career highlights

3× AFL Premiership (2007, 2009, 2011)
2× AFL Pre-Season Premiership (2006, 2009)
All-Australian team 2011
Jim Stynes Medal 2011
AFL Rising Star nominee: 2001

Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–2015 Geelong 273 (88)
2016– Essendon 20 (2)
Total   293 (90)


JOBE WATSON – 32 Years Old

No. 40 (F/S), 2002 National Draft (Essendon)

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Essendon captain: 2010–2015
2× All-Australian team: 2012, 2013
3× W. S. Crichton Medallist: 2009, 2010, 2012
AFLPA Best Captain Award: 2012
International rules series: 2014
Yiooken Award: 2013
Lou Richards Medal: 2012
Archer-Hird Medal: 2010

Years Club Games (Goals)
2003– Essendon 200 (111)


AARON SANDILANDS – 34 Years Old

33rd pick, 2002 Rookie Draft (Fremantle)
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Career highlights

2× Doig Medallist: 2009, 2015
4× All-Australian team: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014
Geoff Christian Medal: 2009
2× Ross Glendinning Medal: 2009 (rd. 17), 2010 (rd. 18)
AFL Rising Star nominee: 2003

Years Club Games (Goals)
2003– Fremantle 244 (92)

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