BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: Justin Clarke of the Lions kicks during the round 15 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Sydney Swans at The Gabba on July 12, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Retired Brisbane defender Justin Clarke will be awarded over $600,000 compensation under the AFL’s career-ending injury scheme, according to the Herald Sun.

Clarke announced his retirement from AFL on Thursday, after experiencing ongoing symptoms from a concussion he suffered two months ago.

The AFL’s concussion experts have told Clarke that he has an open-and-shut case for a payout, after he suffered a single head knock in January and was told by three concussion experts his only option was to retire from the game.

A player under the age of 24 who is forced into retirement due to a career ending injury receives 200 per cent of his base salary and a player between the ages of 25 and 29, receives 150 per cent, while a player over the age of 30 receives 50 per cent of his salary.

Meanwhile, former Melbourne and Geelong player Sam Blease and ex-Saint and Lion Matt Maguire are both continuing their fights for compensation from the league after being forced into retirement due to several head knocks.

Blease and Maguire have reportedly had their compensation bids knocked back by the AFL because both had suffered several previous concussions before retiring.


  1. Atlesst they get somthing, poor bloke works his ass off to become an AFL player and then looses his shot in one head knock. If only workers where treated the same from workcover.

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