Hawthorn Football Club advises that Jonathon Patton will retire from his AFL career.

Patton, whose playing career comprised 95 games across eight seasons (6 games for Hawthorn and 89 for the Giants) acknowledged it was a difficult decision to make.

“I have made the difficult decision to retire from football to focus on my health, wellbeing, and future outside of the game,” said Patton.

“The constant battle to overcome injuries since I entered the AFL 10 years ago has been relentless and, on many occasions, overwhelming. Whilst I have loved every minute of playing on the AFL stage, my enjoyment of the game has ultimately diminished. As such, I will not play football at any level this year.

“I also want to take this opportunity to apologise for my inappropriate behaviour towards women. Over the past few months, I have taken time to reflect on my mistakes. My actions were completely unacceptable, and I am truly sorry for any distress I have caused. I am committed to continuing to learn from my mistakes and actively make the necessary changes.

“I have very much appreciated the opportunities I have been given by both Hawthorn and the Giants and for the continued support I have received from countless teammates, staff and fans from both clubs.”

Hawthorn acknowledges that this has been a difficult period for all involved. The club supports Jonathon’s decision as well as his commitment to learning from the past. 

The club asks that following this announcement Jonathon’s privacy is respected.