Inaugural Sun calls time on AFL career

ONE of the Gold Coast Suns’ most loved players has decided to call time on his AFL career.

Jarrod Harbrow confirmed on Wednesday morning, the Suns clash with the Sydney Swans this weekend will be his last.

The 33-year-old has been with the Suns since the club’s debut season, playing 191 games in the red and gold and 70 for the Western Bulldogs before that.


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He is the first player to be inducted as a life member of the Gold Coast Football Club.

Harbrow was full of thanks for everyone who’s helped shape his career over the last 15 seasons.

“I’ve been really lucky that the game of AFL football has given me this opportunity to live out a dream and helped me set up my family with a great start to life,” Harbrow said.

“I’m appreciative of everyone that has played a big part in my career.

“I’d like to thank my family, mum and dad, my brothers and all my family up in Cairns and down in Mooroopna in country Victoria.

“All my junior coaches, representative coaches, the Western Bulldogs club and players and the Gold Coast Suns club and players and anyone that has been a part of my journey.

“The main thing I wanted to do was run out in the Suns colours and represent my family, the football club and the supporters on the Gold Coast with pride.

“I’ll be forever thankful to the Gold Coast Suns for allowing me to play football up here and I certainly will be a supporter for the club for a very long time and will have their back forever.”

General Manager of Football Operations Jon Haines said Harbrow’s legacy would leave a generational impact on the club.

“Jarrod is quite simply an inspiration to the Gold Coast Suns and furthermore the Gold Coast community,” Haines said.

“He has had a tremendous influence on the playing group throughout the last eleven years. He is an amazing role model within our club and our community and we will be forever grateful for the legacy he has created at the Gold Coast Suns.

“Pleasingly, Jarrod will be continuing at the club in an off-field role, mentoring our Indigenous players and leading our Indigenous and cultural programs. As such, Jarrod, Emma, Riley and Reef will continue to be a critical part of the Suns family and we are thrilled that our relationship will grow even stronger.”