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Steven calls time

Jack Steven in action for Geelong during the Round 3 loss to Carlton. (AFL Photos via Getty Images Image/Daniel Pockett)

GEELONG midfielder Jack Steven has announced his retirement with a one year to run on his contract.

The Cats have confirmed that the four-time St Kilda best-and-fairest has called time on his career after 192 games, including nine after arriving at GMHBA Stadium ahead of the 2020 season.

“We are happy for Jack that he has made this decision and wish him well in his future,” Geelong’s football boss Simon Lloyd said.

“Jack had an outstanding career and we enjoyed having him play with us this year. It’s great that Jack is back home on the Bellarine and we look forward to seeing him enjoy the post-football part of his life.”

Drafted by the Saints from the Geelong Falcons with pick No.42 in the 2007 National Draft, Steven played 183 games in red, white and black.

He won the Trevor Barker Award 2013, 2015-16 and 2018.

After a 2019 season where he was sidelined at different stages as he battled mental health issues, Steven was traded to Geelong.

Steven found himself in the headlines during the COVID-19 shutdown of the AFL season when he was hospitalised after suffering a stab wound to the chest.

The 30-year-old played his first game for Geelong in the Round 3 loss to Carlton. However, he couldn’t cement a regular place in the Geelong line-up as he worked towards full fitness after battling calf issues during the pre-season.

Steven was left out of the Cats team for the qualifying final loss to Port Adelaide, and after suffering a hamstring injury in a scratch match the same weekend, he was unable to reclaim his place in the team.

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