What he's done for the Lions across 41 games, though, is almost immeasurable. "I know there are a few supporters from other clubs that might have a different opinion of me, but that comes with footy. Luke Hodge "The General" [Emotional Retirement Mix] - YouTube Fagan, after Saturday's loss, said the same thing. “He’s a bit of a rascal, but mostly he’s good — he’s the best leader I’ve seen, one of the toughest players I’ve seen, he’s a warrior, that’s for sure,” Fagan said. Thank you for your amazing contribution to the Brisbane Lions and to AFL, Hodgey. Luke Hodge reflects after announcing his retirement on the eve of his 300th during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL press conference at Waverley Park on July 10, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. #ThanksHodgey. "He's a bit of a rascal, but mostly he's good - he's the best leader I've seen, one of the toughest players I've seen, he's a warrior, that's for sure," Fagan said. Luke Hodge has retired. Luke hodge thank you for all the wonderful work you done for the boys and hopefully you continue to stay at the club to help keep the boy going for next season. What an absolute superstar! Luke Hodge346 games194 goals131 Brownlow votes7589 disposals4x 3x Premiership skipper3x All-Australian2x Norm Smith 2x Hawthorn B&F1x #1 draft pick1x GF goal for the agesChampion of Australian Rules, Take a bow Luke Hodge!!! Already huge, Hodge's reputation has been burnished by time at Lions. Key defender Harris Andrews, still only 22, is the obvious next captain-in-waiting. The quirky and unusual stats of the 2020 AFL season, 'The '99 prelim ripped our hearts out': An oral history of Essendon's 2000 season, Why the Blues must go all-in on blue-chip stocks, Coaching succession plans might be riskier than first thought. #lionsgiants @brisbanelions, One of the all time greats has retired Luke Hodge after 4 premierships and 346 games, he was a legend at hawthorn and the most recent club Brisbane. The Lions coach paid rich tribute to Hodge's influence in the young Brisbane team, which shot from 15th up to second before their two losing finals. “So I said ‘is that it?’ and he said ‘yep, that’s it’, so that’s it.”, Luke Hodge has announced that the 2019 season will be the last of his stellar career. Here's what the new rules mean for you, Melbourne pubs, restaurants and retailers in 30-hour race to reopen, 'Nowhere to run': Women strip-searched in Qatar after baby found in bathroom say they were locked in ambulance, ASX to drop, Dow Jones falls 700 points on surging COVID-19 infections, Live: NSW Now: Sydney CBD's new $80m high-rise hotel given green light by council. "I will do anything for my football club and sometimes that means crossing the line, and I know that's not the best part, but I've been able to achieve here at the football club a lot that a lot of other teams haven't been able to, and I'm proud of that.". Get your 14 day free trial and start streaming instantly >. "I think the last month has really locked it in, seeing the young guys, especially down back. It is what makes my shared journey of Luke Hodge a unique and special one. But as a player and on-field mentor, he has delivered in spades on every reason Fagan decided to try to get him to the Lions in the first place. A product of the 2001 "superdraft", Hodge was selected above Luke Ball and Chris Judd as the number one pick. Hodge said the main factor in his decision was not wanting to stand in the way of the young players currently emerging at Hawthorn. "He's finished on a high note and he's been unbelievable for us. Hodge was already a four-time Hawthorn premiership player when Fagan lured him to Brisbane after the 2017 season. At a pre-season function this year, young defender Alex Witherden bought Hodge a drink, cheekily ribbing him that he wanted to get in Hodge's good books before the veteran retired mid-season to sit full-time alongside Fagan in the coach's box. He played for the Hawthorn Football Club from 2002 to 2017, captaining the club from 2011 to 2016. https://t.co/83SbMKDDTj, Luke Hodge,Quality bloke, country boy, can play, everyone likes him...He won over Victoria now Qld, is there anything he can’t do ?Even my wife loves him...#problemscards #ilikehimtooooo #Hodgey, Luke Hodge is an absolute legend of the game and whether he decides to play next year or not, he has been invaluable to the Hawks and now the Lions.