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Lovick leaves on a high

St Joseph’s great Daniel Lovick with the spoils of victory. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

IN typical, unassuming Daniel Lovick fashion, it wasn’t until after he was awarded another grand final best-on-ground medal amidst the celebrations of St Joseph’s second premiership in three years that he confirmed the win over St Mary’s would be his last in red, gold and black.

The two-time Mathieson medallist informed some teammates that his days in the GFL were all over, before being chaired from the ground through a guard of honour featuring players and supporters.

“I just can’t keep going,” Lovick, who turns 32 early in 2018, said.

“To get to where I want to play, and the way I want to play, the time restrictions with having two kids and everything else, I want to enjoy my footy in the last couple of years.”

Like good mate Brett Jackman in 2015, Lovick got the fairytale farewell.

“I spoke to him out on the ground; it’s a nice way to finish,” he said.

“A lot probably knew it (retirement). I was struggling during the middle of the year.

“I couldn’t get to training, I couldn’t do what I wanted to do.

“It’s been a privilege playing for this club. They look after you, the boys look after you.

“I’m honoured to call myself a St Joeys premiership player.”

Coach Heath Jamieson was full of praise for Lovick and the contribution he has made to not only St Joseph’s over 201 games, but also the GFL.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Daniel; he’s an absolute warrior,” Jamieson said. “He’s everything you want in a player.

“He’s going to leave a big hole. He’s the guy that’s driving training. If training’s s*** he’s getting grumpy because he’s just competitive in everything he does.

“You do a warm-up handball drill at training and he’s nailing 18-year-olds. He just hates getting beaten.

“I’ve been in the GFL for five years and I’ve never seen a defender play like he does. He puts his body in the way all day.

“He played every minute of the game today … he’s everything you want a young defender to be.”

So where will Lovick play in 2018.

Geelong Amateur seems the logical destination, with his brother Andrew having coached the club and Daniel training there during his stint in the Goulburn Valley league in 2013-14.

Anglesea, which is coached by 2015 premiership teammate Paul Carson, has also emerged as a potential suitor for his services.

“I’ll just have to sit down and way that up, but that’ll come,” Lovick said.

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