Trend hangs up the boots

Box Hill VFLW star Jess Trend has announced her retirement from professional football.

The 32-year-old has had an illustrious career, beginning her journey with the Eastern Devils before joining Essendon in the VFLW and then making it to the highest level with North Melbourne and Fremantle in AFLW.

She then joined Hawthorn’s VFLW team in 2021. 

Trend’s impact was immediately felt on the team, as she was made captain that same season. 

Unfortunately, her season came to an end due to an ACL injury but upon return from the year-long injury, she notched up her 100th VWFL/ VFLW game shortly after. 

In 2023, she put everything on the line for the Hawks, playing in whatever position was required of her and being the team’s ball of energy.

However, her body just couldn’t hold up any longer, forcing Trend to move onto a new chapter in the sport.

“My professional playing boots are being hung up,” Trend said.

“I’m extremely grateful for everything football has brought to me.

“The highs and lows, forever friendships and mostly the happiness and love.

“Thank you for the love and memories, Eastern Devils, Essendon, North Melbourne, Freo (the very short and sweet time) and Hawthorn.

“Forever hold so much love and respect for these clubs. Especially ending my professional playing career at Hawthorn.

“I’ve achieved so much and I’m so content. Thank you to all who have played a huge role in the memories I’ll forever hold and cherish forever.

“I love you football, I wish my body could love you too and keep up.

“It’s exciting what’s next in the footy world.”

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