Three-time flag victor to retire at season's end

Solenn Plantier
Août 10, 2017

Greater Western Sydney Giants veteran forward, Steve Johnson, looks set to announce his retirement after calling a press conference for Thursday morning.

A three-time premiership player with the Cats and the 2007 Norm Smith Medal victor, Johnson has played 289 games (253 for Geelong and 36 at GWS), and at his best was one of the game's most dynamic players.

The former Geelong star and three-time All Australian won three flags at the Cats, was the club's leading goalkicker twice and won the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground in a thumping grand final win over Port Adelaide in 2007.

He would play in another two flags for the Cats - 2009 and 2011 - but wants a fourth with the Giants, now second on the ladder heading into tonight's clash with reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs.

In recent weeks the likes of Nick Riewoldt, Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Matthew Priddis and Scott Thompson also revealed the 2017 season will be their last in the AFL.

He joined GWS at the end of 2015 after 14 seasons at Geelong, but hasn't been able to replicate his first year in Sydney, when he kicked 43 goals from 22 games.

The larrikin 34-year-old, who has been blessed with an abundance of talent and a penchant for producing goals at crucial moments, has played a total of 289 AFL games since making his debut in round six, 2002.

"It's pretty clear that the body has been battling this season".

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