Richmond defender Troy Chaplin has called time on a terrific career spanning 215 games, across 13 seasons at two different clubs.
An emotional Chaplin fronted his teammates on Tuesday, informing them of his decision to give the game away effective immediately.
“I’ve unfortunately got to give it away.
“My body’s just not been able to handle it as well as I’d like and as a result my form’s dropped off this year,” he said.
“Mentally I’m still there, but unfortunately the body just can’t will itself to do it anymore,” Chaplin said.
The Maryborough local was drafted by Port Adelaide at pick 15 in the 2003 AFL draft, going on to play nine seasons and 140 games at the Power, earning a Rising Star nomination in 2006, before joining the Tigers as a restricted free agent at the end of the 2012 season.
Chaplin, who began his junior career in the MCDFNL at Maryborough Rovers, went on to play 75 games with the Tigers, finishing third in the club’s best and fairest count in his first season at Punt Road.
“I’d love to be able to go round again and there’s no doubt over the next six or seven weeks I’ll be asking ‘why am I doing this right now?’
“But I’m at ease now. It’s probably been on my mind for a little while,” he said.
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