Brisbane Lions premiership player Ash McGrath will retire from AFL football following clash with Dockers on Sunday.
Ash McGrath, the last remaining member of Brisbane’s 2001-2003 triple-premiership winning side, has announced his retirement from the AFL.
McGrath will take to the GABBA for one last time after a career spanning 14 years and 213 games.
The West Australian made his debut in 2001 and has kicked 169 goals for the Lions, with the most famous of all coming after the siren against Geelong in 2013 to secure the biggest comeback in the club’s history.
Lions general football manager Dean Warren paid tribute to McGrath’s longevity and his influence on the club’s young list.
“Ash has been part of the fabric of our football club for 14 years,” he said.
“He came to Brisbane as a 17-year-old and has grown up here. Ash’s longevity in the game is a testament to him as both a player and a person.
“To have someone with that sort of experience at your club is invaluable, and there is no doubt our young list has benefited immensely from having Ash around the club.
“We will miss him around the club and wish him all the very best for whatever the future holds.”
McGrath becomes the third Lions player to retire this season after club legend Jonathan Brown and Brent Moloney both decided to end their careers in 2014.