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Tomas Bugg

Carlton recruit Tom Bugg has put his burgeoning business ahead of his footy career, announcing his retirement. Bugg, 25, began his career with the Melbourne Demons in 2012 but was later traded to GWS. He played a total of 96 games for the two clubs. Cut by GWS, he was given a lifeline with Carlton in last November's rookie draft.

Bugg posted on Carlton's website, “My life ...  has changed in a very short period of time which has been the reason behind this tough decision ... The players and staff ... have been so welcoming and supportive ... Everyone is working incredibly hard to take the club back to where it needs to be, you see that every day when you walk through the door.

Bugg has a social media and "influencer" agency to which he wants to devote more time.

He thanked the club and mentioned his growing business in an Instagram post, "Thank you football. I’ve met the most amazing people and I have made lifelong friends. I have experienced the ups and downs of professional sport, this had allowed me to grow as a person and for that I am so grateful ... it’s time to fully invest into my business ... In the space of seven months we have gone from a start up to a multi-million dollar firm. There is a longer journey ahead for the business to reach its full potential globally I am so passionate about growing this business and helping our amazing group to achieve everything they’ve ever dreamed "

Carlton already had two list spots available prior to Bugg's retirement, one by choice and another due to a long-term injury suffered by co-captain Sam Docherty. New AFL rules enable the Blues to sign replacement players until March 15th. VFL star Michael Gibbons and overlooked draft hopeful Matt Cottrell have been training with Carlton since December in the hopes of an opportunity; with Carlton football boss Brad Lloyd suggesting the Blues will take advantage of the new rules to cover for Bugg's loss, "This gives us an opportunity to look at players who are currently training with us and see them in match simulation, but also players that sit outside the football club ... seeing players in match simulation and match practice... gives us a really good body of work to make some decisions."

Source: sen.com.au, afl.com.au

Article last changed on Monday, February 04, 2019 - 9:51 PM EST


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