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Knee injury forces McGuane to retire

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As much as I’d love to continue to play on, it's clear my body won't deal with it
Luke McGuane

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BRISBANE Lions utility Luke McGuane has retired after suffering another knee injury at training on Wednesday afternoon.

McGuane played 112 games over an 11-year career – 105 of those for Richmond – after being selected at No.36 in the 2004 AFL Draft.

The 28-year-old, who could play forward or back, had a wretched run with injuries since coming to Brisbane at the start of 2014, but had played his best football in the past month, kicking seven goals in four games.

He was keen to play on in 2016 before the mishap to his 'good' right knee.

He is meeting with a surgeon on Thursday afternoon.

"My body has given up on me and as much as I’d love to continue to play on, it's clear my body won't deal with it," McGuane said. 

"I’m obviously really disappointed – getting back out there and playing the last four games has been incredibly enjoyable, and something I wasn’t sure was going to happen after all the injuries I've had over the last few years.

"I’ll have very fond memories of my career and am happy to have got to play so long in the AFL system… I feel blessed to have had such a long career in the AFL.

"It’s been hard too, because I’ve been injured for 90 per cent of my time here, but it was great to finish off my career up here with my family around me."