Four-time flag-winning Hawks champion Luke Hodge comes out of retirement to play for local club

Four-time flag-winning Hawks champion Luke Hodge comes out of retirement to play for local Melbourne side: ‘He’ll teach the boys a hell of a lot’

  • Hodge won four premierships with the Hawthorn Hawks in an era of dominance 
  • He finished his AFL career with the Brisbane Lions and retired in 2019
  • Devon Meadows have convinced him to come out of retirement for one game
  • He will line up against Seaford in the Mornington Peninsula league on June 18 







Four-time premiership winner Luke Hodge is set to make a one-time appearance in the Mornington Peninsula league when he lines up for Devon Meadows FC in Division 2 this June.

The Hawthorn Hawks great finished his playing career with the Brisbane Lions in 2019 and has been working in commentary ever since.

 However the itch is still there and Hodge will play a one-off game against Seaford at Glover Reserve on June 18th where he is expected to draw a huge crowd. 

Hodge (centre) tries on the Devon Meadows jumper and poses for a photo with club officials

‘Unfortunately the Hawks out the bag a little earlier then we wanted,’ the club said in a statement on Facebook.

‘But we are excited to announce LUKE HODGE will be putting on the boots & Panther jumper round 10 V Seaford June 18th.’

‘He will teach the boys a hell of a lot with his leadership,” Devon Meadows coach Ryan Hendy told the Herald Sun.

‘I think the young fellas especially will learn a lot off him and he’s going to be very important on the field too I reckon, we’re playing Seaford and they’re travelling alright, so it’s only going to help us with the result I think.’

Hodge won four premierships with Hawthorn between 2008 and 2015

And he captained the Hawks to the last three of those four triumphs, which came in consecutive years as Hawthorn won the flag in 2013, 2014 and 2015

Hendy said that Hodge had met with the club and was still in great nick, with the former Hawthorn star likely to play a key role in the midfield.

‘He’s pretty fit at the moment, he’s been doing a bit of work, he’s pretty keen to have a bit of an impact so we’ll probably look to play him around the midfield,’ he said.

‘I went and caught up with him on Saturday morning and he said he’s really looking forward to it, he said he’s chomping at the bit to have a kick.

‘Hopefully he plays well and enjoys himself.’ 

The two-time Norm Smith medallist ended his AFL career by playing two season in Brisbane 

Hodge joins a long list of AFL greats that have spent time playing in lower grades or bush footy after their first grade retirement.

Former AFL star Eddie Betts turned out for Shepparton this season while St Kilda greats Stephen Milne and Justin Koschitzke played bush footy long after their retirement.

Former Carlton and Brisbane Lions star Brendan Fevola may have finished his AFL career meekly, but he provided plenty of thrills for bush footy side Yarrawonga.

Recently iconic coach Mick Malthouse announced he would lead the battling Wahgunyah bush footy club in training after the club was belted by 431-1 with 21 players missing through Covid.

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