In what has been a huge eventful day in AFL circles, 2 players have announced that 2017 will there last, plus an under pressure coach have been told that they will not be offered another contract in 2018, and the International Rules series between Australia and Ireland will be back at the end of the year.
Dennis Armfield, who is sometimes known as the forgotten man in the epic 2007 Chris Judd/Josh Kennedy trade deal has announced that after 143 games for the Blues he will be retiring at season’s end. He was originally recruited from Swan Districts in the WAFL.
The other player to announce that this Season will be his last was none other than Western Bulldogs premiership defender and former captain Matthew Boyd. Boyd has played 291 games for the Dogs including last season’s Grand Final win over Sydney. He also has the record for most games by a rookie listed player in the game’s history. They will both be playing out the remainder of the 2017 AFL season.
One coach has also made headlines, Rodney Eade has become the first coach to be told that he will no longer be required at the club in 2018. Eade replaced Guy Mckenna at the end of 2014. He will not coach out the rest of the year and assistant Dean Solomon will replace him for the final 3 games of the year starting with the Q Clash against the Brisbane Lions this Saturday evening.
And to finish a huge day we have got the news that the International Rules series will be back at the end of the year between Australia and Ireland. They will play a 2 test series, one at the Adelaide Oval on the 12th of November and the other at Domain Stadium on the 18th of November. Ireland currently holds the Cormac MacAnallen Cup in Dublin, Ireland.