St Kilda veteran David Armitage’s 13-year career at St Kilda will draw to a close this season.
Armitage joined the club with pick 9 in the 2006 National Draft and quickly established himself as a fan favourite, renowned for his fearless attack on the ball.
After signs of his talent through the Grand Final era of 2009-2010, the courageous midfielder became a regular in the Saints engine room in 2011.
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The 31-yar-old enjoyed his best season in 2015, where he finished second in the Trevor Barker Award, averaging 28 possessions per game.
Unfortunately, injuries took their toll in recent years, with the No.20 bowing out with 169 games in the red, white and black.
“I felt embraced by the club the second I walked in the door,” Armitage said.
“I feel very honoured to have played for this great club for 13 years and I’ll treasure the friendships I have made along the way.
“I could not have achieved any of it without the support from my family, friends, teammates and coaches, and I thank them for everything they have done for me”
“I also want to thank the St Kilda fans for their support. I have loved meeting so many of you over the years.”
Armitage said he left knowing the club was in a strong position.
“I’m really excited about where this current group of players can take things,” Armitage said.
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“There are a lot of guys starting to make their mark and I will be watching closely over the coming seasons.
“I’m not fully closing the door on football just yet, and who knows what will happen next, but I’m leaving the Saints knowing I gave absolutely everything I had.”
General Manager of Football Simon Lethlean said Armitage had given great service to the club.
“Dave should be incredibly proud of what he was able to achieve in his time at the Saints,” Lethlean said.
“His past few years have unfortunately been hampered by injury, but at his prime he was right up there with the best midfielders in the game.
“Despite the setbacks, he has continued to be a huge presence at the club, helping drive a culture that can deliver success in the coming years.
“We wish Dave, his fiancé Jessie and son Parker all the best for the future. They will forever be part of the Saints family.”
Armitage remains sidelined with concussion symptoms and will travel to Sydney this weekend in a non-playing capacity.
His career at St Kilda will be celebrated at the Trevor Barker Award on Wednesday September 11.