Gold Coast SUNS players George Horlin-Smith and Anthony Miles have today chosen to retire from AFL football.
Horlin-Smith, 27, played 58 games throughout his ten year career including eight seasons at the Geelong Football Club, including two finals appearances.
Miles, 28, played 88 games throughout his decade in the AFL spanning across three clubs, after beginning his AFL journey with the newly established GWS Giants in 2011, before moving to Richmond and finally joining the SUNS during the 2018 NAB AFL Trade Period.
Taking the opportunity to reflect on his AFL career, Miles said he wouldn’t change his time in the game one bit.
“I probably haven’t had your typical 10 year career, but I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that my journey has afforded me,” Miles said
“The people I have met throughout the industry have helped to shape the person that I am today, and that’s something that won’t be lost on me as I take the next steps in my career.”
“My time here at the SUNS has helped prepare me for the next challenge in my life and I’m looking forward to seeing how the club continues to develop in the years to come.”
Horlin-Smith looked to thank all those who had been part of his career during his time at both th Geelong Football Club and the Gold Coast SUNS.
“I entered the competition as a 17-year-old and have had the opportunity over the past ten years to be part of two different but amazing football clubs,” Horlin-Smith said.
“My time at Geelong afforded me a host of experiences, including my debut game however I want to also thank the SUNS for the opportunity they gave me to continue my career.”
“I will forever be grateful for the people I have met throughout the AFL, but I want to also take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard working support staff that work tirelessly to help us, as a playing group, perform at our best every week.”
General Manager Football, Jon Haines highlighted the impact both players had made at the football club over the past two seasons.
“George and Anthony have had a massive impact on the culture of the club and playing group and their influence on where we are today won’t be forgotten by the club. Their selfless and humble nature coupled with elite preparation and competitive instincts were exactly what this club required at the end of 2018 and we are incredibly grateful for the legacy that George and Anthony will leave on the football club,” Haines said.
Horlin-Smith and Miles will join fellow SUN Pearce Hanley in retirement, after he made his decision earlier this month.
The SUNS have until November 20th to lodge their initial 2021 playing list to the AFL.