Retired West Coast veteran Will Schofield has taken to social media to thank his family, friends and teammates, and revealed his surprise pick for his toughest AFL opponent.
After hinting there’s more footy on his horizon after being left out of the Eagles’ elimination finals loss, Schofield nominated Carlton’s Jarrod Waite as the toughest player he’s come across in his 194 career games.
Waite is a surprising pick by Schofield considering the duo only met five times during the forward’s career at Carlton and North Melbourne, kicking four goals across those match-ups.
Schofield, who played a crucial role in the Eagles 2018 premiership against Collingwood star Jordan de Goey, used his social media post to reflect on what was an AFL success story.
“Well, that wasn’t the way I wanted to go out — dropped for a final that we lose,” Schofield posted.
“But, in a funny way, probably on point with my career. Been a bloody journey — ups, downs, sideways, pain, pleasure, success, mistakes, wins, losses, friends and foes.
“I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing. Nothing would be possible without the love of my wife and my son Nash and his little plus 1 on the way — putting up with the selfish bulls*** that comes with being an elite athlete.
“My family, my friends, the club, coaches, administrators, medical dept, media dept, management, club sponsors, Schoey sponsors — all incredible people that have influenced my life in their own way, Thank you.”
“My teammates — my backline bulls in particular — irreplaceable moments in my life, will miss this the most.”
Schofield finishes his AFL stint with a body intact and has more recently started a broadcasting career, part of multiple podcasts within the Eagles media department.
Now a free agent, the back man has opened himself up to opportunities on and off the field after a well earned rest.
“The fans — felt a little bit like a funeral last week where nobody had a bad thing to say about me. I couldn’t have hoped to come to a more passionate and supportive fa base than the Eagles, as a 17 year old – thanks for all the love.
“I’ll be getting my talk on with hopefully some fun media opportunities on the horizon … who wants me??
“Might have a kick of the footy somewhere too. That’s it I’m done. Just going to ride off into the sunset with my cup. Giddy Up.”