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Adelaide Crows forward Jason Porplyzia has announced his AFL retirement after a 10-year career at the elite level.
The 29-year-old said it was the right time to hang up the boots after 130 games with the Crows.
“This was a tough decision, leaving a club full of so many great people,” he said.
“However, I am also looking forward to the next chapter of my life and exploring my passion for the physical performance field … A special thanks to Neil Craig, who gave me my first opportunity to realise my childhood dream and play AFL.”
Porplyzia spent a year on Adelaide’s rookie list in 2003 but was delisted before playing a senior game.
He was given a second chance in 2006 and made his debut in round five of the same season against the Western Bulldogs.
Crows head of football David Noble described Porplyzia as a favourite with teammates and fans alike.
“Jason was courageous, team orientated and most importantly, a quality individual who was a coach’s dream,” he said.
“He also possessed a strong overhead mark and was one of the most reliable shots on goal.
“Unfortunately, injuries prevented him from playing more games, particularly, early in his career.”