The season of retirements claimed another victim this morning as Sydney Swans favourite son Lewis Roberts-Thompson revealed he would hang up his boots with immediate effect.
Flanked by his team mates, Roberts-Thompson called time on his 179-game career with the red-and-white after being tackled into submission by his battle-weary body.
As one of only four remaining players to have participated in both of the Swans flags during the last century, LRT will be remembered as one of the toughest and most versatile players to play the game.
“As a player you need to realise it eventually does finish; I had a knee injury last year and had a few niggling injuries this year which haven’t allowed me to perform at a level I would like nor at a standard to play at AFL level,” he said at a press conference.
“To play in those two premierships and reach the pinnacle were the highlights of my career.”
Sydney coach John Longmire payed tribute to the Swans legend after a stellar 13-year career.
“He played in every position and most importantly he was a big time and big game player. I remember those things along with the flailing locks as he ran in to lay another tackle,” he said.
“He’s been a magnificent contributor to this club.” – Patrick Boddan
Additional reporting and photo by Md Zahin.