Footballer calls time with Facebook post

Former Alvie and South Colac footballer Josh Goonan, pictured in 2017 with son Noah, has announced his retirement after almost two decades of senior football in the Colac district.

A cryptic post on social media has signalled the end for one of Colac district football’s top players.

Former South Colac and Alvie footballer Josh Goonan announced his retirement after more than 250 games of senior football in the Colac district, Geelong and Hampden leagues.

Goonan posted that he had “hung up his boots” on social media this week to make the call official.

The 35-year-old key-position player spent the majority of his career with the Swans where he played 185 senior games, including a year as coach, before finishing up with the Roos.

Goonan, a former Max Gray Memorial Award winner, posted a photo on social media this week showing he had officially “hung up the boots”.

“I just sort of had to do that for myself,” he said.

“It had been weighing on my mind for a while now and I knew I just had to make a decision, so I posted it just for myself to say ‘well that’s it’.”

Goonan appears to be the Roos’ only retiree this year, with fellow veteran Roos Dan Jeffreys and Jake O’Dwyer reportedly going around again.

Goonan will go out on a high, after being one of South Colac’s key players in its grand final season last year.

He ranked among the Roos’ best players in nine of his 17 games, as well as earning interleague selection.

But Goonan said a change in his work as a police officer was behind his decision to hang up the boots.

“The body’s feeling good, and I’d been maintaining my fitness in the off-season even though I couldn’t get to many trainings,” he said.

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