It is quite nice of the Hawthorn Hawks to give Jarryd Roughead a proper sendoff.
He played key roles in the Hawthorn premiership in 2008 and was a prime factor in the Hawks’ three consecutive flags in 2013 – 2015, not to mention his having one of the greatest surnames in sports.
He will have his farewell with the senior side when he appears in Round 22 of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition when the Gold Coast Suns come to Marvel Stadium for the last game of the round.
The cynical might say that giving him ground time against Gold Coast is easy, since Gold Coast is so dismal this season, but the Hawthorn Hawks Football Club could just as easily told him to find another occupation without so much as a Fare Thee Well.
Roughead could not get on with the senior team this season, with most of his time spent in the VFL division. He has made seven appearances with the seniors this year, the most recent in a Round 14 loss to Sydney Swans.
Hawthorn are languishing in 11th with two games remaining and making the top eight would require near-miraculous circumstances involving complicated scenarios. Winning their final two would give them 44 premiership points and get them inside, provided that Western Bulldogs, Adelaide and Port Adelaide lose their games.
Roughead will conclude with 283 senior games and would probably have preferred to hang on for one more season to hit the 300-game milestone, but this is a man who has the perspective of surviving to encounters with melanoma, so a game of any kind, or a milestone probably do not equate with the gratitude for being alive.
“I am content with everything I have achieved in my career to date and I know it’s the right time for myself, my family and the club,” Roughead said in a club statement.
Roughead won the Coleman Medal in 2013 and might see some future role in the administrative ranks, be it coaching or some other functions.