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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Fremantle defender Scott Thornton broke a leg in early June while playing in the WAFL. At the end of June, he announced his retirement from football after just 88 games. Thornton, who managed just two senior games at WAFL level, said that he had given plenty of thought to his decision and that another round of rehabilitation would be too draining.

Thornton, drafted in 2002, also suffers from Crohn's Disease (an inflammation of the bowel). He said he hoped being able to play with such an illness would inspire others. He also said he would miss playing and the camaraderie of his teammates.

Coach Mark Harvey praised Thornton's efforts to recover from his adversities and setbacks and expressed his admiration for Thornton's refusal to surrender until now.


Article last changed on Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 8:46 PM EDT

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