MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Blues clap Michael Jamison of the Blues after a contest during the round 21 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Carlton veteran Michael Jamison announces retirement

Carlton defender Michael Jamison has announced his immediate retirement from AFL football.

Jamieson, who has been plagued by injuries in the twilight of his career, managed just 19 in the last two seasons, for a total of 150 games for the Blues since making his debut in 2007.

He is just the fourth player in Carlton history to reach 150 games after being elevated off the rookie list.

“In recent times, I have found it increasingly hard to prepare, both physically and mentally, for the rigours of the sport,” the 30-year-old said in an open letter to club members.

“Being a representative of our football club demands an individual give nothing short of 100 per cent, and I’ve come to the realisation that I can no longer sustain the intensity required to play AFL.

“Since I made the decision to retire, I’ve had a chance to recall some of my achievements over my 10-year journey at the Blues. Experiences like going from a rookie-listed player to captaining the team on occasions and my tenure as vice-captain seem surreal, and I thank the club for allowing me to represent it in those prestigious positions.”

Jamison told the playing group of his decision on Monday afternoon.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time, the people and friends I’ve made over my journey at the Club will stay with me forever,” he said.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in the team and the path they are now on under Brendon Bolton and the rest of the coaching panel.

“It’s certainly an exciting time for the Carlton Football Club. I wish all my teammates and coaches the very best and hope to see success for them in the not too distant future.”

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