Joyce announces his retirement

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Last week, Justin Joyce informed the playing group that he will be hanging up the boots ahead of the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season.

27-year-old Joyce, finishes up playing 58 league games, averaging just under 17 disposals a game. 

Joyce says that although his body feels as good as it has for the last few years, he has lost the passion to compete at the WAFL level and is looking to embark on new life challenges.

"I really want to go and experience some new things and challenges in life, as I’ve played football my whole life and been a part of Subiaco since I was 14 in the development leagues. A big factor was that I wanted to spend more time growing and developing my family mortgage lending business, as it is a big passion of mine and feel very fortunate to be in a job I really enjoy" said Joyce.

In his eight years with the Subiaco Football Club, Joyce has played 104 games across Colts, Reserves and League, and has many memorable moments. Looking back on career, Joyce clearly remembers the incredible 2011 Colts season under Jarrad Schofield; making a prelim finals when the Colts team hasnt been in a finals for five years, his debut in Darren Rumble's 150th game, Clancy Wheeler kicking the winning goal in Esperance when the game was tied 120-120, and winning two WAFL premierships in such a successful time in the Club's history.

Joyce is excited for what the future holds, "I am really looking forward to spending plenty of time with my family, girlfriend and friends, and I am really looking forward to putting a lot of energy into the family business and continue to grow that for the future. I certainly will be doing a bit of travelling and hopefully lots of surfing as well."

Although Justin is leaving Subiaco Football Club, he will still be involved in the sport, "I am looking forward to help out with some coaching at my junior club at Carine, to give them back a little and help develop the juniors."

Joyce also added he was looking forward to coming to Leederville Oval in 2020 to watch the boys continue their success and hopefully make it three-in-a-row.