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Sun sets on Irishman’s AFL career

GOLD Coast Suns veteran Pearce Hanley has called time on his AFL career.The 31-year-old Irishman made 169 appearances for Brisbane and the Suns, having been recruited by Lions in 2007 from County Mayo.“I feel good,” said Hanley, who has played just eight matches this season.“It’s obviously been on my mind for a while and I…

GOLD Coast Suns veteran Pearce Hanley has called time on his AFL career.

The 31-year-old Irishman made 169 appearances for Brisbane and the Suns, having been recruited by Lions in 2007 from County Mayo.

“I feel good,” said Hanley, who has played just eight matches this season.

“It’s obviously been on my mind for a while and I made the decision a few days ago and haven’t had any regrets since.

“It’s obviously a big decision but I’m ready for it.”

The defender has retired with immediate effect, having informed his Suns teammates of his decision on Wednesday.

“I think great clubs are built off great people and the Suns have that,“ Hanley said.

“I’ll continue to be on this journey with them, but I’ll be watching on from the stands.

“I’m excited for the next phase in my life and looking forward to sinking my teeth into that.”

Suns general manager of football operations Jon Haines said Hanley‘s experience had been invaluable at the club.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Pearce for the impact he has made at the Gold Coast Suns,” Haines said.

“With an emerging group, the need to have experienced players who can help drive and lead our playing group has been critical to the club’s development.

“Pearce will always be an important part of the Suns‘ family and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”

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