Sydney's Paddy McCartin last played in early April due to concussion issues. He has been forced to retire after consulting with an independent AFL medical concussion panel. McCartin, 27, has suffered over a dozen concussions in his career and his playing days were thought to be over when he left St Kilda at the end of 2019 after playing 35 games. He spent some time in Sydney's VFL team before being added to the senior list in 2022. He managed just 28 games for the Swans in two seasons.
In a club statement, he said: “I am obviously disappointed that I’m no longer able to continue to do what I love, but I have to be guided by the specialists and I know that this is the right decision for me. I want to thank the Sydney Swans for the faith shown in me and the opportunity to pursue my dream of playing AFL football. It has been a privilege to play for this great club ... ".
Sydney footy boss Charlie Gardiner praised McCartin and what he'd achieved in his career, "“Paddy has worked closely with our medical team and external specialists since he suffered his concussion ... “Paddy’s story is a powerful one. He has shown remarkable drive and resilience to overcome considerable setbacks to play ... He quickly embraced our club just as we embraced him, and he has been a highly valued teammate and much-loved player. Paddy can be very proud of what he has achieved, and we are grateful for the contribution he has made to the Bloods ... ".
Source: afl.com.au, sen.com.au
Article last changed on Monday, August 28, 2023 - 10:12 AM EDT