Goal kicking maestro Saad Saad has played his last game in Seymour colours.
Saad informed Lions officials on Monday that his body had had enough, and he was hanging up the boots immediately.
There were whispers circling last week that the 34-year-old may be thinking about retiring, but an 11th hour clearance application to Peninsula League club Pines was lodged on Thursday — presumably to join good mate Paul Scanlon, himself a former Seymour player.
The clearance was denied by Seymour — as were the subsequent two clearances lodged after the initial one — on the grounds that he is a contracted player to the club for this year.
However Seymour coach Brent Colbert said Saad had no intention of playing at Pines.
‘‘He had no idea how that (the clearance) even came about, he didn’t lodge it and he had no intention of playing anywhere else,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘He came to us and said his body cooked and he had a lot of work on and he just didn’t know if he wanted to play, and he was thinking about retirement.
‘‘He’s runs his own business, he has a young family, his body is sore, and I think he’d just had enough.
‘‘We told him he could have a few weeks off and just let the body rest, but he’s made up his mind, he was happy to call it a day.’’
Saad kicked nine goals last weekend against Shepparton Swans, and has 43 goals from nine games this season, but he was noticeably absent from the Lions’ line-up on Saturday in their crucial clash with the Shepparton Bears.
Now in his 10th season with Seymour, the goal kicking machine has amassed 182 games for the Lions and has kicked 893 goals between 2005-09, 2012-15 and this year.