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Sam Gibson to retire

Sam Gibson Retires Sam Gibson has hung up the boots after 135 games at senior level.
I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play at the highest level with both the Kangaroos and the Crows
Sam Gibson

Adelaide midfielder Sam Gibson has announced he is retiring from the AFL at season’s end.

The 32-year-old informed his teammates on Tuesday of his decision to hang up the boots after a career spanning 135 AFL games, seven seasons and two clubs.

Gibson said the time was right to retire and transition into the next phase of life, with a view to utilising his tertiary studies and moving into the construction industry.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play at the highest level with both the Kangaroos and the Crows,” Gibson said.

“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.

“There’s a fantastic group of players and coaches here that will no doubt have success in the near future.

“For me, I’m looking forward to the next chapter, either here in Adelaide or back in Melbourne.

“I was a graduate engineer before I was drafted and hope to get back into construction, which is something I really love.”

Sam Gibson celebrates his first win in Crows colours

Crows Senior Coach Don Pyke described Gibson as a true professional.

“Sam has only been with us a short time but his dedication and professionalism in his preparation has been a great example to our younger players,” Pyke said.

“We wish him, his wife Jade and son Sebastian all the very best going forward.”

After several years playing at VFL level, Gibson was recruited to North Melbourne with pick No. 63 in the 2012 rookie draft.

Highly regarded for his professionalism, Gibson played 130 consecutive games for the Kangaroos between Round 12, 2012 and Round 23, 2017.

He joined the Crows in exchange for pick No. 91 in last year’s national draft and played five games in the tricolours, averaging 22.6 disposals per game.