#9 Brendon James Goddard


After the Francis mark, this was the highlight in play for me. He knew what he was doing, and made SPP look like a witches hat, admittedly not a difficult thing to do, but the little move was all class and the delivery to Tippa was perfecto! Apart from the OOBOTF off the side of the boot, his kicking was excellent last night.

Played with passion and that was quite evident last night, as he struggled to hold back the tears. Good to see he had plenty of personal support there as well, with his family, Nick R and Sam Fisher. Way to go BJ, way to go. A tough decision for the club to make, but a necessary and correct one. Goddard will always be fondly remembered as the guy who inherited the biggest mess ever thrust upon a captain, and he rose to the occasion, never shirked an issue on or off the field. Much respect.


I got a different vibe from watching his aftermatch interview. Not sure he wants to up and move clubs for a year or two especially interstate.
If he doesn’t get picked up I wonder if he would play in our VFL side?


I think he will go to the media or coaching instead of playing. Plenty of clubs have come out saying he doesn’t fit their list.


Agree, a young family with extended friends and family around him, I doubt he’d do a Hodge and head interstate.
That would potentially leave Carlton, whom have already publicly ruled him out of their plans, and his former side, unlikely.

Can’t see another Melbourne club in desperate need for leadership.


have the Saints said anything? theyre a mess down back


I think Richo already said they won’t be looking at offering him a contract.


Not heard anything, but I doubt they will go back on the hardline decisions of cutting past champs to bring in BJ.
Clubs are stubborn like that.

They go after McGoven hard I reckon.


Emailed Xavier Campbell asking him to pass on our thanks and best wishes to BJ outlining all the great things he’s done for our club. Xavier responded within a day thanking us and assuring that he’d pass it on. Be great if all the heartfelt positive messages in this thread could find their way to him.


Agreed. Didn’t he pretty much say that initially he still wanted to play on but now he’s not so sure?
I reckon he’ll end up in a coaching role somewhere


Can someone post the latest Herald sun article about Goddard?


No. Sorry.


Just watched the speech to the players from a few days ago.

The big fish we sought for so long. Worth every cent and even more. Gave us his all and more.

Right decision but still sad. Few players have given more over their careers for no flag.





Brendon Goddard speaks about his last week at Essendon, retirement, win over Port Adelaide


I DON’T remember driving home.

It was last Monday afternoon, and only an hour or so after John Worsfold had told me I was done at Essendon.

It was a tough journey in the car by myself, lost in my own thoughts about what had just happened, and what was going to come next.

You know that feeling when you get lost in the your thoughts in the car. When you finally pull into your driveway, you instantly think: ‘S—. how I did get here? Was I speeding? How I did I actually get there?’

I had tried to mentally prepare myself for this moment, but until you actually hear the words, you don’t know how to react. Or what to think, or feel?

Earlier in the day Woosha had told me to come up to his office for a chat when I was finished. Walking up there, I was kind of hoping it was something else, though through the processes of elimination, there wasn’t much else we needed to talk about.

I knew it was going to be a decision one way or the other.

I won’t go into detail about what he said to me, but he talked about how the club had had a list management meeting that morning and that they believed my time was up at Essendon.

The meeting only lasted a few minutes. I’m not one who is going to sit there and say something I don’t mean. There was nothing to gain from me disagreeing, or telling him I thought they had made the wrong decision, which I still do.

So I just grabbed my stuff and walked out the door, and went home to be with my wife, Rosie, and my kids, Billie and Mackenzie.

I didn’t sleep much that night.

I’d made no secret of the fact that I wanted to play on with Essendon, but now that had been taken away from me, I had to start making plans.

The next day I met with my management company, TLA, with Adam Ramanauskas, and we spoke with Craig Kelly, who was on business in the US. We talked about the future, and how we wanted my last week at Essendon to work.

That’s why I wasn’t at the main training session last Tuesday.

My wife, to some degree, was worried I was going to be bitter and angry. But I know the industry too well. I’ve accepted the decision, even if I still don’t agree with it.

Clubs need to make tough decisions, that’s the brutality of the AFL. The game doesn’t stand still for anyone. It is ‘Hi, thanks, goodbye and next man up’.

In a way, I wish my body was failing me, and I was struggling to get up for games, but the reality is, I’m still feeling good.

That’s why I have never been happy to use the word retirement.

I still think I have plenty to offer, and I would never say never. But the more I think about it, maybe Friday night’s game against Port Adelaide - my 334th AFL game - is the right time to go out.

It was great to have my family - Rosie, the kids, my mum Patti and my sisters Laura and Claire - and some of my friends there, including Nick Riewoldt and Sam Fisher.

I don’t show my appreciation enough to Rosie. I would love to say I never brought footy home with me, but before the kids came along, there’s no doubt I did.

She’s ridden the rollercoaster with me and I can’t thank her enough.

I know I haven’t always been the most popular person for some footy fans. They have judged me only on what they see on the weekends.

The other side of that is that it p----- me off a little because they think I am like that all the time.

I’m not.

It does annoy me to an extent how some think they have got the right to judge me. I used to be judgmental when I was a teenager, but footy helped me realise you don’t judge a book by its cover.

I can’t do anything about what people say or think about me. All I can say is that I quickly learnt I was never going to live my life trying to please everyone.

If people want to crucify me for the passion I show, that’s fine. But I would like them to know that it comes from a genuine care for my teammates and a desire to win.

I know I have occasionally stepped over the line, but my teammates know what I am like from Monday to Friday, and that’s what matters.

As emotional a night as it was, there was a funny moment during the game, when I sold some “candy” to Sam Powell-Pepper. I hadn’t done that in 10 years, so he had every right to assume I would handball to Saady running past.

We had a laugh and he said: ‘Yeah, you got me, you ■■■■■■■’.

My immediate plan is to spend more time with my family. I’ve had a joke with Rosie that she can go out to work, and I will be the stay-at-home dad.

We’ve got weddings in Bali and Portugal later in the year, so we will have a bit of a holiday too.

Some might be scared about the unknown ahead. I’m excited by whatever that might be.


*kicks out on the full


If he ever writes an autobiography, I will be the first one to buy it. He would be a very interesting read. Has seen and experienced a hell of a lot through his career


If he does go to another club, it would have to be one right on the brink of the ultimate success. He deserves more than going to some ■■■■ stain club getting belted every week.

But, by the sounds of that article he’s coming more to terms with retiring.

What a ■■■■■■■ champ he’s been for us.


A straight shooter to the last, always was, always will be. Much respect for BJ Goddard and the way he has carried himself throughout. l still think coaching is his go, and would have liked Essendon to find a way to retain his services. Perhaps in a couple of years time.


Gutless snipe.


Mate, you’re full of it. Take a ■■■■■■■ joke.