CARLTON champion Chris Judd has announced his retirement from the AFL after suffering a serious knee injury over the weekend.
The dual Brownlow medallist tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the first quarter of Saturday’s clash, an injury which is set to rule him out for the rest of the 2015 season.
“It was a disappointing finish to my career but I don’t lose sight of the fact about how fortunate I’ve been to play for two such wonderful football clubs,” Judd said.
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Judd paid special tribute to his Carlton teammates, labelling them a wonderful group of people.
“In what’s been a challenging year for our footy club and for the players in particular, getting to come to work each day and work with a group of people that I like so much has made a tough year all that much more manageable.
“To all the players I played with over the journey, both at Carlton and at West Coast, I’d just like to thank them for being my teammate. I’d like to assure them that I gave all i had to the two clubs I represented and I hope over the journey I’ve earned their respect.”
Judd, who is expected to undergo a knee reconstruction this week, seriously contemplated retirement at the end of the 2014 campaign before signing a one-year contract.
If he were to undergo a traditional knee reconstruction he would face 12 months on the sidelines.