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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

GWS veteran announces retirement


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Injury plagued GWS veteran Brett Deledio has announced he will retire at the end of the AFL season.

Deledio has battled with a succession of soft tissue injuries in his three seasons with the Giants and is currently sidelined by a calf issue, but he remains hopeful of a return for the finals.

Deledio said he was "really proud" of what he'd been able to achieve in his career, thanking both past and present Richmond staff and players.

"I'm so proud to have played 243 games in the yellow and black and to have achieved two best and fairests and two All Australians there," he said.

"I played my best footy as a Tiger but I'm so grateful for the opportunity the Giants presented me at the end of 2016.

"It's no secret I needed a fresh start and to be able to do that at a new club like the Giants has been unbelievable for me.

"I would have loved to have played a lot more footy in the orange guernsey, but it wasn't to be and it taught me the influence I can have on the group without being out on the field.

"I'd like to thank everyone at the Giants, particularly the medical staff, for their support over this period.

"The past few years have been really tough, both on and off the field. But it showed me that football isn't everything and I'm really looking forward to the next chapter of my life with my family."

The former Richmond star has played 274 AFL games over 15 seasons

Injury plagued GWS veteran Brett Deledio has announced he will retire at the end of the AFL season.

Deledio has battled with a succession of soft tissue injuries in his three seasons with the Giants and is currently sidelined by a calf issue, but he remains hopeful of a return for the finals.

Deledio said he was "really proud" of what he'd been able to achieve in his career, thanking both past and present Richmond staff and players.

"I'm so proud to have played 243 games in the yellow and black and to have achieved two best and fairests and two All Australians there," he said.

"I played my best footy as a Tiger but I'm so grateful for the opportunity the Giants presented me at the end of 2016.

"It's no secret I needed a fresh start and to be able to do that at a new club like the Giants has been unbelievable for me.

"I would have loved to have played a lot more footy in the orange guernsey, but it wasn't to be and it taught me the influence I can have on the group without being out on the field.

"I'd like to thank everyone at the Giants, particularly the medical staff, for their support over this period.

"The past few years have been really tough, both on and off the field. But it showed me that football isn't everything and I'm really looking forward to the next chapter of my life with my family."

The former Richmond star has played 274 AFL games over 15 seasons

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