Gold Coast SUNS pair Jack Hombsch and Jordan Murdoch have announced their retirement from AFL football after three seasons with the club.
Hombsch retires after 116 games to his name across three clubs; Greater Western Sydney, Port Adelaide and the SUNS, where he played his 18 games in the 2019 season.
“It’s something that’s been in the works a little bit this season but I feel pretty comfortable with the decision,” Hombsch said.
“Playing for three clubs I’m pretty grateful for because you just meet so many good people along the way.
“The timing was just right and I’m ready for the next stage, but I’ll certainly miss the footy club and I’ll miss playing AFL because it’s one of the best jobs going around.”
In his 10 seasons, Murdoch has played 122 games for both Geelong and Gold Coast.
“I feel I’m ready to begin the next step in my life. My wife Emma has followed me for 10 years and I think it’s time I take a back seat and let her follow her dreams,” Murdoch said.
“She’s been right there and an incredible support for me throughout my career and I couldn’t thank her enough.
“My highlights have been to see the development of the young guys at the club and chip in with bits and pieces that I’ve learnt along the way and just try to help them.”
Gold Coast SUNS General Manager of Football Jon Haines said both Hombsch and Murdoch had made a significant impact in their time at the club.
“We’d like to congratulate both Jack and Jordan on their achievements throughout their careers,” Haines said.
“Both players have brought valuable experience and leadership to the club and we are extremely grateful for their contributions over the last three seasons.
“We wish Jack and Jordan all the best for what lies ahead.”