Defender Lewis Roberts-Thomson will retire from AFL football effective immediately.
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Sydney Swans defender Lewis Roberts-Thomson has announced his immediate retirement from the AFL after a 179-game career.
Roberts-Thomson has battled a number of injuries over the past two seasons and has played just five senior matches in 2014, his last being in round six against Melbourne.
The 30-year-old retires won premierships with the Swans in 2005 and 2012 and also featured in the club’s losing Grand Final to West Coast in 2006.
Swans coach John Longmire said ‘LRT’ would be missed, and would be remembered for his performances in big games.
“Lewie has been an outstanding competitor for a long period of time,” he said.
“He has chased, tackled and put his body on the line countless times throughout his career.
“One of his great assets has been his ability and willingness to adapt to any role he has been given. There is not a position on the ground that Lewie hasn’t played in over the course of his career.
“There is probably no greater compliment a player can be paid than being labelled a ‘big game player’, but that is exactly what Lewie was. His ability to stand up in both the 2005 and 2012 grand finals was pivotal to the outcome of those games.
“LRT has been a fan favourite – perhaps even a cult figure – and I’m sure all our fans are thankful for his wonderful contribution to this club.”
Robets-Thomson was drafted as a zone selection with pick no.29 in the 2001 National Draft and went on to make his debut in round eight, 2003 against Geelong.