Daniel Wealthy, the Brisbane Lions’ final clubman, skilled for a grand closing he was by no means going to play in.
- Daniel Wealthy has performed the third most video games for the Brisbane Lions since debuting in 2009
- Wealthy will miss at present’s grand closing towards Collingwood after retiring earlier within the season
- The Lions haven’t featured in a grand closing since 2004, and haven’t gained a flag since 2003
After toiling away with out enjoying finals between 2010 and 2018, Wealthy’s stellar 275-game profession spanning 15 seasons in Brisbane has already come to an finish.
Regardless of shedding his spot in Chris Fagan’s greatest workforce after a shock spherical 13 defeat to Hawthorn, the 33-year-old has maintained a selfless angle forward of at present’s decider towards Collingwood.
The booming left-footer took half in Friday’s coaching session on the MCG in entrance of hundreds of Lions supporters, all roaring when he slotted a purpose.
“Daniel Wealthy is without doubt one of the nice workforce males of our footy membership,” Fagan stated.
“He is one of many hard-luck tales, sadly; he is simply had a 12 months full of soppy tissue damage and could not fairly get there to be part of the workforce.
“The primary day I arrived (on the membership) to now he is been nothing however supportive.
“He is devoted himself within the final three or 4 weeks to simply be across the workforce and be part of the workforce and encourage everyone so properly.”
If not for Wealthy’s affect, it’s potential Lachie Neale could have made a unique choice when he left Fremantle on the finish of 2018.
Brisbane have performed finals in all of Neale’s 5 seasons on the membership, with the co-captain on Monday evening including a second Brownlow Medal to the one he gained in 2020.
“We really feel for ‘Richy’ that he will not be on the market however he is been an enormous a part of this journey,” Neale stated.
“Even once I first was occupied with coming to Brisbane, ‘Richy’ was the primary one to achieve out.
“He requested (Neale’s spouse) Jules and myself out for lunch whereas we have been visiting Brisbane and type of information us by means of that course of as properly.
“He is been a terrific good friend of mine since day one.”
Wealthy featured in two finals in his debut season in 2009 when he gained the Rising Star award, however would play in simply 43 wins from his subsequent 159 video games.
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