during the round 10 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 6, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

Carlton veteran Andrew Walker announces retirement

Carlton forward Andrew Walker has announced his retirement from AFL football.

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The 30-year-old will play his last game this weekend against St Kilda.

Walker has played 201 games and kicked 139 goals since being selected with pick No.2 in the 2003 National Draft.

Injuries forced him into retirement, with chronic knee problems limiting him to just 36 of a possible 66 games over the past three seasons.

“Today I announce my retirement from the Carlton Football Club,” Walker said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“It’s been an incredible 13 years.

“Due to a few more injuries I can’t do my job anymore, finding it hard to get up every week.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: Andrew Walker of the Blues takes a mark during the round 18 AFL match between Essendon Bombers and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 23, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 23: Andrew Walker of the Blues takes a mark during the round 18 AFL match between Essendon Bombers and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 23, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

His 2008 and 2009 seasons were also cut short due two shoulder dislocations, while he broke his collarbone in 2010.

Walker won Carlton’s goal kicking award in 2011 with 56 goals and finished second in the club’s best and fairest in 2013.

 

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