Carlton's No.1 draft picks in consecutive years, Adelaide’s Bryce Gibbs and Blue Matthew Kreuzer, have called time on their AFL careers on the same day.
The Crows announced Gibbs would play his final AFL game against his former club on Sunday, while Kreuzer was expected to confirm his own retirement later on Thursday.
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Between 2005 and 2007, Carlton had three consecutive No.1 selections - Marc Murphy, Gibbs and Kreuzer.
While Murphy is expected to play on next year with the Blues, Gibbs and Kreuzer will finish up after 14 and 13 years respectively, with Gibbs retiring a year before his Adelaide contract was due to finish in 2021.
“The Carlton Football Club gave me the opportunity to fulfil a boyhood dream and I cannot thank them enough,” Gibbs said.
“It was home for 11 years and the club shaped me into the person I am today, and I'll be forever grateful for everything they have done for me.
“I have given my all in 14 seasons at the top level and I'm looking forward to playing against some of my lifelong friends one final time.”
Gibbs played 231 games and kicked 137 goals for the Blues, winning the John Nicholls Medal in 2014 and finishing top five in the Blues' best and fairest in eight of 11 seasons at Carlton.
He unsuccessfully sought a trade to hometown club Adelaide at the end of 2016, before ultimately joining the Crows at the conclusion of the following season.
Gibbs played all 22 games in 2018 and was fourth in Adelaide's club champion awards but fell out of favour to play just 12 games in 2019 and two this year.
Injuries cruel Matthew Kreuzer’s career
The injury-plagued Kreuzer played 189 games and booted 94 goals for the Blues over 13 seasons but has missed the majority of 2020 with a serious foot injury suffered in round one.
The 31-year-old had rejoined the Blues in their Queensland hub after previously returning to Victoria for treatment on his foot.
With youngster Tom De Koning emerging this year and former Hawk Marc Pittonet proving an inspired recruit, the Blues have found ruck depth in Kreuzer's absence.
Kreuzer was Carlton's prized No.1 pick in the 2007 draft, taken as a priority selection ahead of close friend and future Richmond captain Trent Cotchin.
Despite dealing with injuries throughout his career, Kreuzer was a popular player among Blues supporters due to his workrate and athleticism.
His best season came in 2017, when he finished third in Carlton's best and fairest and was named in the 40-man All-Australian squad.
Something fitting about Kreuzer and Gibbs going on the same day. Great reminder that Carlton have actually had plenty of talent in their "lost" years— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) September 10, 2020
Kreuzer and Gibbs both gone on the same day. Two players who were in the early years of their careers when I began watching the Blues. Emotional day for sure https://t.co/IrNWQa9Erg— Julian* (@JVLFC23) September 10, 2020
Hopefully Carlton and the Crows give Gibbs and Matthew Kreuzer a fitting send off on Sunday.— Jase Kemp (@jasetaylorkemp) September 10, 2020
Both outstanding players in their prime. https://t.co/9zAmkwk3T2
Now Gibbs as well. I remember being so excited when he and Kreuzer came on board. Life travels a little too quickly.— Adam Zwar (@adamzwar) September 10, 2020