A crucial element of Albury’s golden premiership run has retired from the league.
Charles Gaylard travelled from Melbourne, where he runs an electrical business.
“I’m really looking forward to the next stage of my life and putting a little more focus on the business now,” he said.
Gaylard spent a decade at the Tigers, in two stints.
He played nine years from 2005 before spending four seasons with Heidelberg in the Northern Football League, including a debut premiership as coach in 2016.
The midfielder or half-forward played 174 games, racking up four premierships, including the Did Simpson Medal in 2011.
I’m really looking forward to the next stage of my life and putting a little more focus on the business now.Charles Gaylard
Gaylard was a silky-skilled player, capable of kicking clever goals, but he also never backed away from the physical component.
And he will go out at his best having posted a fifth place finish in the Tigers’ best and fairest, an outstanding achievement given the team’s number of profile players in a premiership season.
Known as ‘Chugga’, the just-turned 31-year-old says the club’s 2009 drought-breaking premiership was the highlight.
“When you haven’t felt it, it’s probably the best out of all of them,” he said.
“But every other one you certainly don’t take those premierships lightly.”
Albury has now won seven of the past 10 flags, with a handful of the league’s finest of the era, including Chris Hyde and Joel Mackie, playing in the record-equalling feat.
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