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Retired Carlton and West Coast star Chris Judd is among the latest group to be granted AFL life membership

RETIRED Carlton champion Chris Judd heads a list of 10 past and present players who will be among 16 people made AFL life members at the AFL's Annual General Meeting in March.

Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch will also be recognised with life membership as will umpires Scott Jeffery and Matt Stevic, North Melbourne administrator Geoff Walsh, Geelong doctor Hugh Seward and former AFL commissioner Bill Kelty.

The retired players to be inducted include Cats premiership player Paul Chapman and former Saint goalsneak Stephen Milne.

Current players to be awarded life memberships are Hawthorn and Port Adelaide premiership player Shaun Burgoyne, teammate Sam Mitchell, Geelong star and now Essendon top-up player James Kelly, Bombers skipper Brendon Goddard, Western Bulldogs' captain Robert Murphy, North Melbourne forward Drew Petrie and Adelaide midfielder Scott Thompson.

That group of 10, along with Judd, qualified automatically having reached 300 games as a player or player and coach with the two umpires automatically qualifying for the same length of service.

Walsh, Seward and Kelty were recognised for their special service to the game, having been involved in football for a combined total of more than 80 years.

Shaun Burgoyne

295 premiership games for Port Adelaide and Hawthorn

20 pre-season games for Port Adelaide and Hawthorn

One State of Origin Match

Two International Rules matches

Premierships 2004, 2013, 2014, 2015

All Australian 2006 

Paul Chapman

280 premiership games for Geelong and Essendon

23 pre-season games for the Geelong and Essendon

One State of Origin match

Premierships 2007, 2009, 2011

Nom Smith Medallist 2009

Best and Fairest 2006

All Australian 2009, 2010 

Brendon Goddard

269 premiership games for St Kilda and Essendon

27 pre-season games for St Kilda and Essendon

Four International Rules matches

Best and Fairest 2013

All Australian 2009, 2010 

Scott Jeffery

284 premiership games umpired since 2001

39 pre-season games umpired since 2001 

Chris Judd

279 premiership games for West Coast and Carlton

19 pre-season games for West Coast and Carlton

One State of Origin match

Two International Rules matches

Premiership 2006.

Brownlow Medal 2004, 2010

Norm Smith Medal 2005

Best and Fairest 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010

All Australian 2004, 2006, 2008 (captain), 2009 (vice-captain), 2010, 2011 (vice-captain)

Captain 2006-12 

Justin Leppitsch

227 premiership games for the Brisbane Bears / Brisbane Lions

20 pre-season games for the Brisbane Bears / Brisbane Lions

One State of Origin match

Four International Rules matches

44 premiership games as a coach for the Brisbane Lions

5 pre-season games as a coach for the Brisbane Lions

Premierships 2001, 2002, 2003

Best and Fairest 1999

All Australian 1999, 2002, 2003 

James Kelly

273 premiership games for Geelong (now with Essendon)

33 pre-season games for Geelong

One State of Origin match

Two International Rules matches

Premierships 2007, 2009, 2011

All Australian 2011

Jim Stynes Medallist 2011 

Stephen Milne

275 premiership games for St Kilda

33 pre-season games for St Kilda

Four International Rules matches

Club Leading Goalkicker 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012

All Australian 2011, 2012 

Sam Mitchell

285 premiership games for Hawthorn

27 pre-season games for Hawthorn

One State of Origin match

Two International Rules matches

Premierships 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015

Best and Fairest 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012

All Australian 2011, 2013, 2015

Captain 2008-10 

Robert Murphy

292 premiership games for the Western Bulldogs

25 pre-season games for the Western Bulldogs

One State of Origin match

Four International Rules matches

All Australian 2011, 2015

Captain 2015 

Drew Petrie

293 premiership games for North Melbourne

31 pre-season games for North Melbourne

Two International Rules matches

Club leading goalkicker 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 

Matt Stevic

279 premiership games umpired since 2004

25 premiership games umpired since 2004

Two International Rules matches umpired

Grand Finals 2012, 2014, 2015 

Scott Thompson

285 premiership games for Melbourne and Adelaide

25 pre-season games for Melbourne and Adelaide

One International Rules match

Best and Fairest 2011, 2012

All Australian 2012 

Dr Hugh Seward

Dr Hugh Seward has had a continuous involvement in Australian Football since 1982 - a 34-year period of committed service. In the early 1980s, Dr Seward was one of Victoria’s first formally trained general practitioners in the emerging speciality of Sports Medicine. Almost immediately he became involved in the then-VFL competition with Geelong FC as a team doctor.

Dr Seward’s primary healthcare contribution has been at the Geelong Football Club where he was AFL club doctor and is a current board member.

Alongside this, a further significant contribution has been his leadership of the AFL Doctors Association, formerly the AFL Medical Officers Association. He has led this organisation for over 25 years and in the process established a collegiate medical approach to health care in all AFL clubs.

Geoff Walsh

Geoff Walsh has had 31 years continuous AFL club employment at four clubs. In that time, the clubs he has been involved with have won four premierships, competed in nine Grand Finals and been involved in 22 Finals Series. 

Bill Kelty

Bill Kelty gave 17 years service to the AFL Commission after being appointed in 1998 until his retirement in March, 2015. His overall service as a Commissioner  is second only to Graeme Samuel who served for 18 years.

His contribution to the game has been immense with a strong commitment to community football, the role of women in the game and the contribution of Indigenous players to the game.

With former GWS Giants and Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy, former AFL Commission Chairman the late Ron Evans and former Federal Government Minister Simon Crean, Bill also played a leading role in the establishment of AFL Sportsready which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015 and has provided education and job training opportunities for some 12,000 people since 1994.

He has continued his involvement in football since his retirement from the AFL Commission by overseeing a national review into the development of the game at all levels outside the AFL competition.