Jarryn Geary has officially called time on his career in the AFL, effective immediately.

The decision comes after the 34-year-old was deemed to require a full shoulder reconstruction.

A former St Kilda captain, Geary hasn’t played in the league since round 12 in 2021, battling several injuries in the twilight years of his career.

Selected at pick 58 of the 2006 Rookie Draft, the medium defender went on to play 207 games for St Kilda, taking over the captaincy from club legend Nick Riewoldt in 2017.

He now finishes his career as one of just 31 players to reach the 200-game milestone for the Saints. 

Geary announced his decision in a teary farewell to his teammates.

“I’ve loved the journey I’ve had at the Saints and it’s been something I’ve cherished for over 15 years of my life,“ Geary said.

“I couldn’t have dreamed that when John Beveridge picked me out of Eaglehawk Football Club at Pick 58 in the rookie draft that I would have ended up playing for so long and being captain of this club.”

St Kilda senior coach Brett Ratten also highlighted Geary’s commitment to the club in a statement made on Thursday.

“We would not be in the position we are today without Gears’ leadership, honesty and courage, and on behalf of the club, I would like to thank him for all he has done for St Kilda,” Ratten said.

“It’s always sad when one of your great warriors calls time, but you can’t help but feel immense pride for everything Jarryn has achieved and done for this football club.

“He’s never backed down or thrown in the towel, he’s always fought hard and put his body on the line for his teammates, and his bravery is rivalled by very few.

“Above all, Jarryn is fiercely loyal, both to his football club and those around him.”

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