Tigers’ Chaplin calls time on AFL career

Tigers’ Chaplin calls time on AFL career

Richmond veteran Troy Chaplin has called time on his AFL career, effective immediately.

The 30-year-old announced his retirement after struggling to earn senior selection this year after 13 seasons and 215 games with the Tigers and Port Adelaide.

He plans to remain with Richmond in a coaching role for the remainder of the season.

Chaplin told his Tigers’ teammates of his decision on Tuesday.

“The body’s not been able to handle it as well as I would have liked this year and as a result my form has dropped off a fair bit,” he told AFL.com

“Mentally I’m still there but the past month training-wise has really taken a toll and I just can’t get up for it like I used to.

“It’s probably been on my mind for a little while and I can happily say that I’ve been extremely lucky to have 13 great years at two great clubs.”

Chaplin was recruited by Port Adelaide with pick No.15 in the 2003 AFL Draft, going on to play 140 games for the club before joining the Tigers at the end of 2012.

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