during the round 12 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Gold Coast Suns at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Suns veteran announces shock retirement

Gold Coast veteran Nick Malceski has announced his retirement from AFL football due to a persistent knee injury.

Malceski played 176 games with the Swans, including the 2012 premiership, before joining the Suns at the end of 2014, playing 34 games.

The 32-year-old will move into a coaching role with the Suns’ academy.

“I was hoping to play out my contract with the Suns in 2017, but as many of you would know, I’ve had ongoing knee issues for a while now and to be honest, I couldn’t go on,” Malceski told the Suns website.

“When reflecting on my year and the direction of the footy club it became clear to me that the time was right to call it a day.

“I will be forever grateful to the Sydney and Gold Coast football clubs and I wish to thank both clubs, their players, fans, my family, friends and everyone who has shown me unwavering support throughout my playing career.

“My thinking post-footy was always to go into coaching, specifically development, and when the opportunity came up to get the next chapter of my career started with the Suns, I knew the time was right.

“I am really looking forward to helping what I believe is a great young team earn the respect and success it deserves as well as playing a role in developing our players and growing the game in Queensland.”