Concussion Grounds Young Hawk Fitzpatrick

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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Hawthorn's Jack Fitzpatrick suffered a concussion in Round Eight and has not played since. Fitzpatrick, 26, was advised by doctors not to play any more contact sport and has been forced to retire after just 26 games since being drafted in 2009. He was originally drafted by Melbourne as a ruck/forward and played 22 games before being traded to Hawthorn at the end of 2015. He played 3 games for the Hawks in 2016 before being delisted at the end of the year. Hawthorn then redrafted him as a rookie and he played just the one game in 2017. A personal highlight will certainly be from his last game in 2016. Round 23 against Collingwood. The Hawks needed the win to stay in the top four for the double chance. With just two minutes remaining, he kicked a goal to level the scores before teammate Paul Puapolo kicked the winning point. The clip can be viewed at http://www.afl.com.au/match-centre/2016/23/haw-v-coll

Fitzpatrick was grateful for his short time in the AFL but saddened that he had to quit, “It’s unfortunate that I’m unable to play the game I love any longer, but I’m rapt to have had the opportunity, but to be a part of two great clubs. The medical attention and care I’ve received ... has been outstanding and I really appreciate the support I’ve been shown ... during ... a pretty difficult time. I would like to thank Hawthorn for the opportunity to play in the ... colors I grew up wearing as a kid, and to Melbourne for the six years of memories created during my time at the Dees. The friendships I have formed ... will be something I will always be grateful for.”

Football Operations Manager Jason Burt said, “Jack’s played some good footy for us ... and we have been lucky to have him ... for the past two seasons. The medical advice Jack and the club have followed has always centered around his long-term health and welfare. Jack is a fantastic character and I have no doubt that he will succeed in whatever he decides to take on next.”

Source: Clare Pettyfor, Hawthorn Media Release, afl.com.au. AFL Record Season Guide

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