Best foot for­ward in fi­nale for flag

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - ADAM SMITH

FOOT in­juries which cut down a promis­ing AFL ca­reer have fi­nally taken their toll on Ja­son Lay­cock, but the ruck­man was able to pro­duce one last vintage per­for­mance be­fore sign­ing off yes­ter­day.

A 2005 AFL Ris­ing Star nom­i­nee, Lay­cock played 58 games across six sea­sons with Essendon be­fore be­ing cut in 2009 af­ter he missed the en­tire cam­paign.

He landed a TSL premier­ship with Burnie in 2012 and added an­other with New Nor­folk yes­ter­day in the club’s thrilling five-point de­feat of Lind­is­farne in the SFL grand fi­nal at North Ho­bart.

Lay­cock was awarded the Gor­ringe-Mar­tyn Medal as best afield af­ter drag­ging the Ea­gles back from a 23-point quar­ter-time deficit.

He booted a cru­cial sec­ondquar­ter goal and was a colos­sus late in the grip­ping con­test when the Two Blues were throw­ing ev­ery­thing at New Nor­folk in an at­tempt to re­gain the lead.

And when they did with two min­utes left, it was the 32-yearold who again got the ball mov­ing the Ea­gles’ way as Mar­cus Parker grubbed a goal off the ground to seal the re­sult.

“To stand up for the boys when they needed it, I have a pretty handy mid­field around me so some of those taps look bet­ter than what they are,” Lay­cock said.

“I’ve had a tough run with the footy gods lately and I think they have looked af­ter me one last time.

“I’m go­ing to end it to­day, I’ve had enough and I have surgery booked, I will go out on that – quite con­tent to fin­ish it on that.”

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