David Armitage of the Saints handpasses the ball under pressure during the Round 14 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Brisbane Lions this year.
David Armitage of the Saints handpasses the ball under pressure during the Round 14 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Brisbane Lions this year. DANIEL POCKETT

Mackay's AFL star calls time on St Kilda career

MACKAY'S David Armitage has called time on his 13-year AFL career with St Kilda.

The Eastern Swans junior was drafted with pick 9 in the 2006 National Draft and quickly established himself as a fan-favourite at Moorabbin, renowned for his fearless attack on the ball.

The 31 year old enjoyed his best AFL season in 2015, when he finished second in the club best & fairest after averaging 28 possessions per game.

Unfortunately for Armitage, injuries took their toll in recent years.

He will end his time at St Kilda 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 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.”

THE BEST: Mackay's St Kilda AFL star David Armitage was on hand in 2012 to present the best junior on ground trophy to Daniel Rundell.
THE BEST: Mackay's St Kilda AFL star David Armitage was on hand in 2012 to present the best junior on ground trophy to Daniel Rundell. Contributed

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,” he said.

"There are a lot of guys starting to make their mark and I will be watching closely over the coming seasons.”

AT HOME: David Armitage with dad Greg, sister Sarah and mother Annette.
AT HOME: David Armitage with dad Greg, sister Sarah and mother Annette. Mchael Warren

The left-footer said he was not "fully closing the door on football just yet”, suggesting he may still look elsewhere to extend his playing career.

"Who knows what will happen next, but I'm leaving the Saints knowing I gave absolutely everything I had,” Armitage said.

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.



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