Sydney veteran Jude Bolton will announce his retirement on Monday after 15 seasons at the elite level.
The Swans have called a 2pm press conference at the club’s headquarters where Bolton will confirm that he will pull stumps on his illustrious career at the end of the season.
Bolton was asked by the club recently what his intentions were beyond this year and has decided against pushing his 33-year-old body through one more campaign.
Many had expected the veteran to retire on a high after last year’s premiership but, tempted by the prospect of more success, he saddled up for a 15th season and remains an important player to the team.
Bolton, with 321 games, sits second on the club’s games records list behind only Adam Goodes and has two premiership medallions in his trophy cabinet.
Although the courageous 33-year-old has never won the Swans’ best and fairest voting he has regularly been among the first picked each week due to his fearless attack on the ball.
At his peak Bolton was a hard-nosed midfielder, a ferocious tackler and regarded as one of the bravest players in the competition.
Despite putting himself in places where angels fear to tread, Bolton was one of the most resilient players of his era and managed 145 games on the trot from 2005-11. He managed 20 games or more in 12 campaigns.
Bolton has spent more forward since 2011, posting new career-bests for goals scored a year in each of the past three seasons.
Bolton missed the loss on the weekend to Geelong due to illness but is expected to break back into the seniors for the clash this Friday night against Hawthorn, which will be his last home and away appearance in Sydney.
Barring injury, Swans fans are likely to see him play at least one more final in Sydney this year.
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