Subi sends off three
- Monday, 06 October 2014
Subiaco have noted their first list changes this off-season with three veterans calling it a day.
2014 Simpson medallist Jason Bristow, Andrew McDougall and Robert Forrest have all decided to cease their playing commitments to the Subiaco Lions in the future.
Jason Bristow may appear to be a premature exit but the prolific midfielder has decided to return home to his Victorian family after a 113 game career with the Lions.
The hard-working insider established himself as one of the Lions best over his seven years in the WAFL playing in three grand finals including a best on ground performance in this year’s victory over East Perth.
The 29 year old goes out on the ultimate high after wisely deciding to play in 2014.
“It probably entered my mind a little bit last year but I decided to go again. I guess the way this year finished it seems like a prime opportunity to call it on a great note and I feel like I’ve achieved everything I ever wanted to.” Said Bristow
A WAFL premiership would have been a distant dream for Bristow after the Lions finished 8th last year; but one of the biggest turn-arounds in modern football leaves the blonde haired ball magnet grinning.
“I mentioned on the presentation night after the grand final win that one of my goals for the year was to play 100 games for the club and that was something I was really looking forward to do; but I didn’t expect what happened this year. We won the first five games of the year started to consider that we could be good enough to achieve the ultimate. The quick start gave us a sniff and we were able to finish strongly.” Added Bristow
Andrew McdDugall ends his footballing career with a WAFL premiership
Joining Bristow on the way out at Leederville oval are fellow veterans Andrew McDougall and Rob Forrest who decided to call it a day after Subiaco’s 12th premiership.
McDougall enjoyed some of his finest football in 2014 alongside ruck partners Frank Stockley and Lachlan Delahunty but the 31 year old will leave the game with a WAFL premiership medallion around his neck.
The talented tall started at Perth before representing the West Coast Eagles and Western Bulldogs between 2001-2008. After a brief foray in the AFL McDougall returned to the WAFL in 2010 for the Demons before joining Subiaco in 2012.
Rob Forrest was a key part of the Lions league side but a third ACL pre-season injury sidelined the utility until Round 21 where he played the rest of the season in the reserves.
Forrest played 107 games and won two grand finals in 2007 and 2008 with Subiaco and will be sorely missed on the paddock by the maroon and gold faithful.
The Subiaco Lions greatly appreciate the efforts of Bristow, McDougall and Forrest over the last decade with their efforts contributing to one of the greatest periods in the club’s history.
Bristow is expected to aid as a coaching assistant until the end of the year whilst Mcdougall and Forrest are expected to stay involved on a social level.
“I’ll still be poking my head around the football club until the end of the year. I’ve already spoken to Laz the midfielder coach and let him know I’ll be in charge of him until Christmas. I’ll definitely be getting involved and it’s exciting because there’s so many talented guys coming through. Added Bristow”
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