Sydney Swan defender Ted Richards has announced his retirement at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old started his career in 2002 for the Essendon Bombers before joining the Swans in 2006. He has played 261 games and with the Swans in the top four on the ladder, he could finish his career with another grand final victory.
Richards was a part of the Sydney Swans 2012 Grand Final winning side and also made the All-Australian team that season.
Richards acknowledged that the decision was difficult to make. “The decision was made before I had any head knocks this year,” he said.
“This announcement has given me some energy. I will be able to enjoy and share the memories with my teammates now.
“I teared up with my wife at home. Then I rang mum and dad because they have shared the journey with me.”
Swans coach John Longmire praised Richard’s career. “Ted has been incredible — he’s really the epitome of a balanced footballer,” he said. “He has always trained really hard and worked really hard, but he also loves having a laugh and is a great family man.” – Jesse Mullens.
Photo of Ted Richards making the announcement from the Sydney Swans Twitter feed.