CARLTON defender Lachie Plowman has announced his retirement from the game.
The 29-year-old informed the Club this week, bringing an end to an AFL career spanning 11 seasons and 145 games.
A star in the under-18 TAC Cup for the Calder Cannons, Plowman was recruited by Greater Western Sydney at pick No.3 in the 2012 draft.
The defender joined the Blues at the end of 2015 via a trade, going on to make 125 appearances in the Navy Blue and earn his place on the No.20 locker.
In 2019, Plowman enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Club, playing every game and finishing third in the best and fairest count.
“I could not have asked for much more than to have been part of the AFL for such a significant period of my life,” Plowman said.
“The Club has been the best environment to come to work every day, the challenging moments, the winning ones, I would not change them for the world. Thank you to all my coaches, teammates and everyone at the Blues for their belief in me, and their support.
“Thank you also to my family and partner, who were with me every step along the way. One of my favourite parts of my career is having the opportunity to share it all with you.”
A beloved member of the playing group, Plowman established himself as a player with a team-first attitude, who was often required to take the oppositions most dangerous small forward.
AFL Senior Coach Michael Voss credited Plowman’s faultless commitment to the Club over more than a decade.
“Few players represent the Carlton Football Club for eight years, let alone play over 10 years of AFL football, that is an achievement Lachie should be incredibly proud of,” Voss said.
“You would struggle to come across a nicer, more thoughtful person than Lachie. The energy he brought within our four walls was highly valued and will be missed around IKON Park.
“Arguably the biggest compliment you could give Lachie as a player was the reliability and trust he had with his teammates, which he had built and earned over a long period of time.
“He departs our club with nothing but the best wishes and a great deal of gratitude on our part, for the service he has given in the Navy Blue.”