by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
Just ahead of Round 21, Richmond defender Kelvin Moore and forward Brad Miller both announced their immediate retirements due to injury. The duo told the playing group on Thursday. Moore has been plagued by a hip injury for two years and underwent ten surgeries, including a pelvic realignment, in an attempt to resume playing. He played in Round 16 this year, was dropped, then played two more games. While showing good form with Coburg in the VFL, Moore realized it was too much of a toll on his body. Moore, 28, played 87 games 2004-12.
Miller, also 28, joined the Tigers from Melbourne two years ago, but has been struggling with a calf injury which restricted him to just ten games this season. He played 14 games and kicked 17 goals last season. Miller played 133 games with the Demons 2002-10. It was Richmond's head of football Craig Cameron who recommended Miller to the Tigers after Melbourne delisted him. Cameron worked at Melbourne before joining Richmond and believed Miller could be a leader in a young side.
Cameron said of the pair, “It is sad to see two fantastic individuals leave ... but we wish both ... every success for the future ... Kel is one of the most popular players at the Club, and has been through some tough times with injury. To return ... after some doctors told him he never would, is a credit to his mental toughness and commitment ... Brad has made an undeniable impact in his two years ... His leadership qualities have shone ... and he has provided ... very good value as a key target, while our young forwards have been developing.”
Miller farewelled the AFL via Twitter, "Great to say thank you to such a great club today! I am truly grateful for my time as a Tiger. Can’t wait to see what is next. Thanks."
Source: Adrian Ceddia, Richmond Media Release, afl.com.au
Article last changed on Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 9:43 AM EDT