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Robbo
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Frankston captain Josh Newman retires

Frankston captain Josh Newman has announced his retirement from VFL footy

he got an badly broken leg and ankle during Saturday’s game at Port Melbourne and is out of action for 12 months.

Wish Josh well for the future

aj9172
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I just found this out a few minutes ago and feel like someone died. Devastated that Josh won't be leading us forward. He has been a tireless worker on the field and has led by example with deed and dedication to constant improvement. He and Will Fordham, we owe them so much for their part in the resurgence of Frankston as a competitive footy club. I don't know what else to say, other than that he will be remembered as a legend of the club and honestly one of our finest performers ever. Thanks for everything Josh.

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Bearsman
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Huge loss for Frankston and tragic that Josh would be forced out with such a severe injury. Was hoping that one day we would see him and brother Nic as Dolphins again when Nic's AFL careeer ends.

Josh is on that long list of VFL/VFA players who should have, but didn't get a crack at AFL level.  No doubt in my mind he would have measured up.

aj9172
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Couldn't agree more Bearsman.....in fact when Nic was drafted I was a bit surprised as I felt Josh was the better player at the time. They were terrific across the half back line for us towards the end of that season.

paul
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Sad news. What a player. The loss of this type of heart-and-soul player across the past couple of years with the govt stopping the competition has made life very hard for stand alone teams. Hopefully some others can lock in long term to replace his leadership.

aj9172
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Utterly heartbroken to discover he’s taken the captain-coach job at Mornington. 

paul
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By my reckoning Josh would be around 28-29. That's the time local teams are really throwing big cash to be a playing coach.

It's also the time when other responsibilities are getting greater, and if you're struggling with the commitment needed at VFL level it becomes hard to pass that up year after year. Add to that rehab from a broken leg to get back to VFL fitness and it's a big hill to climb.

It's such a shame he's no longer going around, he is inspirational in how he plays and irreplaceable in the short term, plus he's my last ex-teammate running around so I'm now officially old ;-) !

But I've seen so many guys leave state league at around the same age that it's no surprise. Hopefully Fordham sticks around as he seems the obvious choice as captain.