HOBART, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Heritier Lumumba of the Demons gathers the ball during the round three AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Melbourne Demons at Blundstone Arena on April 10, 2016 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Lumumba set to launch legal action against Dees

Melbourne defender Heritier Lumumba is reportedly set to retire from the game and launch legal action against the Demons.

Lumumba last played for Melbourne in Round 5 this year with a series of concussions forcing him out of the game for the majority of the season.

The 30-year-old will argue the club did not provide him with appropriate medical treatment to allow him to return more quickly from the head knocks he suffered during the year.

However, Melbourne claims they cleared the former Magpie for play mid-way through the season, with Lumumba himself opting not to play again this year.

Lumumba has hired lawyers to seek compensation from the Demons, as he is unlikely to be able to trigger a clause for a contract extension into 2018. He would have earned around $1.8 million over his four years at the club if he has triggered a contract extension.

Whether or not Lumumba continues at the club, he will be unlikely to force his way into the side’s best 22 in 2017.