Blues legend calls it quits
Carlton legend Kade Simpson has confirmed his 18-year career will come to an end after the clash with Brisbane on Saturday night.
Simpson will have played 342 games throughout his career when he finally hangs up the boots, and only Bruce Doull and Craig Bradley will have racked up more for the club.
The 36-year-old also spent three seasons as vice-captain, but now the time has come to call it a day.
"It has been an honour to play for the Carlton Football Club," he said. "This place has been my home for such a long time and I’ve never taken for granted what it has meant to run out in that No.6 in front of what is the most passionate supporter base in the AFL.
"Thank you to all our members and supporters - the noise and passion you’ve shown at our games is among my greatest memories."
Blues coach David Teague is also a former team-mate of Simpson and says the player has to go down as one of the greats for the club.
"Many have come and gone from the Carlton Football Club over the last 18 years but Simmo has been our one constant who has never failed to represent our guernsey with class," Teague said.
"He has given everything he possibly can to Carlton. This club simply could not have asked for any more from him and for that we will forever be grateful.
"When this season is over, Simmo will rightly take his place amongst the greatest players to ever wear the navy blue guernsey."
Carlton are priced at 19/5 to beat the Lions, who are 1/5.
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