Why Geelong feel they won the ‘footy lottery’ with AFL premiership captain Joel Selwood

It says a lot about Joel Selwood as a person that Geelong coach Chris Scott chose to reflect more on his selflessness than his career achievements after the Cats skipper announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Selwood’s decorated career across a Geelong-record 355 senior matches includes almost every achievement an AFL player could enjoy: four premierships, six All-Australian selections (including three as captain), three club best and fairest awards and a Rising Star nod to name just a few.

Captaining the Cats to their 10th premiership this season simply added icing to the cake.

But as impressive as the accolades are, Scott offered greater praise for Selwood’s show of character during his 16 seasons with the Cats.

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