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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago 

Sydney forward Mitch Morton has informed the club that he will retire at the end of the season to concentrate on his business career. He will continue to play football at a lower level. Morton has been studying management and commerce during his AFL career.

Morton - who played 12 games for West Coast 2005-2007 and 59 games for Richmond 2008-2012 - thanked the Swans for giving him another chance, adding that the 2012 Premiership was the highlight of his career. He kicked two crucial goals in the Grand Final against Hawthorn. He also said he would be buying Swans' memberships each year and would stay in touch with his Premiership teammates.

Morton, 26, has played 12 senior games this year but Coach John Longmire has not ruled him out of senior action just yet. Longmire said Morton had given the Swans' forward line some added firepower in 2012. Morton topped Richmond's goalkicking in 2009 with 41 goals.

Morton's brother Cale currently plays for Melbourne while his other brother Jarryd played 22 games for Hawthorn 2006-2011 before being delisted at the end of last year.

Source: Jonathon Monasso, Sydney Media Release, AFL Record Season Guide

Article last changed on Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 8:06 PM EDT


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