ENDURANCE freak Sam Gibson will finally run out of puff at the end of the season.
The Adelaide midfielder has announced he will retire after seven seasons in the AFL.
Gibson is the second player to retire today, following Gold Coast midfielder Matt Rosa, and the 12th to hang up the boots this season.
Gibson played 130 consecutive games for North Melbourne before being surprisingly delisted at the end of last year. He has played five games for the Crows this year.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play at the highest level with both the Kangaroos and the Crows,” the 32-year-old said.
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“North Melbourne gave me a chance when no one else would and I had six wonderful years at Arden Street with some friendships and memories I’ll cherish forever. It was a privilege to come to Adelaide late last year and be a part of this football club.”
Sam Gibson in action for the Crows.Source:Getty Images
Gibson said he hoped to get back into construction work.
Earlier, Rosa announced his retirement after 202 games at West Coast and Gold Coast.
Recruited from Ballarat in the 2004 draft, he played 168 matches for the Eagles — and was an emergency for the 2006 Grand Final — before being traded to the Suns at the end of 2015.
Rosa is the 11th player to hang up the boots this season, following superstar Cyril Rioli and injury-prone players including Clay Smith and Shaun Hampson, while concussion ended the careers of Koby Stevens and Ben Griffiths.
Rosa played 34 games in his first two years at the club but this year has been sidelined since Round 9 by concussion.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to retire from AFL football. Unfortunately, my body has been telling me for some time that it can no longer cope with the demands of the game at the highest level,” the 31-year-old said in a letter to fans on the Suns website.
“What a journey it has been! It is a satisfying feeling to know that I have given my all and emptied out the tank. It was better than I could ever have imagined, and I look forward to hopefully finding another passion as strong as playing the ultimate team game.”
Last week Melbourne’s Harley Balic retired at age 21 saying he had lost his passion for the game.
One player who isn’t retiring is Hawthorn star Shaun Burgoyne who will play in at age 36 next season.
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Matt Rosa in action for Gold Coast.Source:Getty Images
Koby Stevens was given a farewell by St Kilda and Western Bulldogs fans.Source:Getty Images
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Originally published as AFL list changes: Crow to retire at end of season