Adelaide’s Curtly Hampton has announced his retirement effective immediately, after losing motivation and passion for the game.
Hampton spoke to the playing group on Wednesday and announced his decision, following 63 games at the highest level.
The 25-year-old played 51 games for the Giants between 2012-15, before moving to Adelaide at the start of the 2017 season, and spending the past two years at West Lakes.
“After eight years in the system and with multiple setbacks along the way, I’ve lost the passion, motivation and enjoyment for the game that you need perform at the highest level,” Hampton told afc.com.au.
“The past few weeks have been particularly hard as I try to deal with the symptoms of vertigo.
“At times, it has been difficult to train and play but it has also affected my life away from football.
“In saying that I am confident of making a full recovery but I feel it is best to do that away from the pressures of the AFL industry.
“This is a good opportunity to focus on the other priorities in my life and I look forward to the next chapter.”
Hampton averaged 14.4 disposals, 3.3 marks and 3.3 tackles per game over his career.