Carlton star Chris Judd has officially announced his retirement from AFL football.
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Judd ruptured his ACL during the Blues’ nine-point loss to the Adelaide Crows on Saturday and made the decision to end his career during a press conference on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old said his fate was sealed as soon as it was revealed he had suffered an ACL injury.
“I gave everything for the two clubs I represented,” Judd is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“Once I heard it was an ACL, I knew I wouldn’t play again.
“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.”
It brings to a close an impressive career, with Judd widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation.
A former number three draft pick, Judd has battled a number of serious injuries in his career but continually showed his class despite not enjoying team success with the Blues.
Judd joined Carlton from West Coast in 2008 and won the club best and fairest in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
He won the Brownlow Medal for the first time with the Eagles in 2004, before claiming it a second time in 2010 with Carlton.
Judd was awarded the Norm Smith Medal in the Eagles’ losing grand final in 2005, but went on to become a premiership player in 2006.