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AFL great Bartel retires

  • AFL great Bartel retires

    GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Jimmy Bartel of the Cats thanks fans after his 300th match during the 2016 AFL Round 19 match between the Geelong Cats and the Western Bulldogs at Simonds Stadium on July 29, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Jimmy Bartel has decided against lengthening his stellar AFL career into a 16th season, retiring after 305 games for Geelong.

The 2007 Brownlow Medallist and the Cats have agreed on terms that mean the one-club player will hang up his boots, despite triggering a clause in his contract to earn a deal to play on in 2017.

"Jimmy is the embodiment of what a footballer should be," Geelong coach Brad Scott said of the three-time premiership winner on Wednesday.

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