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Steven Dodd's career not finished just yet

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 3:48 PM

Steven Dodd, the first player to have played 100 games or more for the Fremantle Dockers and the Sharks, announced his retirement to the playing group and coaching staff this week. 

Steven made his League debut for East Fremantle in 2003, in round 5 against East Perth.  He played twelve games in his debut year before being selected by the Fremantle Dockers with pick 51 in the 2003 Rookie Draft.

After being elevated from the rookie list for the 2004 season, Steven made his AFL debut against Geelong in Round 20 of 2004.  Dodd carved out an excellent career at the Dockers, playing 101 games and kicking 7 goals, over a seven year period.  Steven played primarily as a defender, with the ability to play on taller and smaller players alike and at times was used by the Dockers in midfield tagging role such was his running capacity. 

At the end of 2010, when he finished his AFL career, “Doddy” as he is affectionately known at Shark Park, returned to East Fremantle full time.  Since returning to East Fremantle, Steven has achieved a number of personal milestones.  In 2011 he played his 50th League game and in 2012 Steven’s outstanding year, in which he played 22 games and the Grand Final, saw him claim the Lynn Medal as the best and fairest player for that year.  In 2013 Steven joined the 200 Club, after his 101 games for Fremantle and 99 for East Fremantle and against West Perth in Round 22 he played his 100th League game for the Sharks.  Steven also represented the State extremely well, playing for the Black Swans in 2004, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  In 2013 he was a member of that WA team that beat the Vics for the first time in 21 years.

As mentioned in 2012 Steven was a part of the side that played against Claremont in the WAFL Grand Final, but unfortunately the result did not go our way.  Here’s hoping that we can go one better in 2014 and send Doddy off with his one last wish.