by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
Demon veteran Brad Green has announced his retirement effective at the end of the season. Although Green felt he could go on for a 14th season, he said he would step aside to give younger players a chance. When telling his teammates of his decision, he urged them to "step up" to help the club become successful. He said his only regret was not having more Finals success. He played in the losing 2000 Grand Final against Essendon in his debut season. The club has not seen Finals action since 2006. He also reminded the playing group of how tough and uncompromising the AFL could be. "Gone are the days when you can be happy just to be on an AFL list. It's time this club and the players really need to stand up and buy in to where Neeldy wants to take it."
The Round 22 match against Adelaide at the MCG will be a tribute match for Green, who will then play his last game against Fremantle in Perth. Although this will be his last game for the Demons, there is a chance Green could resume his career with Greater Western Sydney. The Giants, who picked up veteran Demon James McDonald after Melbourne delisted him, have already expressed interest. GWS list manager Stephen Silvagni said a lot would depend on trades and which uncontracted players the club might snag at the end of the year. It would also depend on whether or not Green would be interested. Green himself said he had not given it any thought yet, but did not rule it out. He also said he wanted to remain in football, possibly in a coaching role. McDonald, along with former Lion Luke Power and former Port player Dean Brogan, are currently combining their playing careers with assistant coaching duties at GWS.
Best and fairest: 2010
International Rules: 2004, 2010, 2011 (Captain)
AFL debut: Rd 2, 2000
Offered a scholarship with EPL club Manchester United in 1996. Prior to joining the Demons, he had a tryout with a Manchester United junior team.
Captained Australian cricket team at an Under 15s World Cup in England.
Source: theage.com.au, heraldsun.com.au, author note
Article last changed on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 10:30 AM EDT