Earlier this afternoon Richmond defender Will Thursfield announced that he would be retiring from AFL after 77 games over 7 years in the black and yellow.
At the young age of 25, Thursfield’s decided to hang up the boots, in pursue of opportunities external to AFL. “There are some other avenues in my life I’m keen to pursue, and I just felt the time was right to step away from AFL football,” Thursfield said.
Thursfield added that he is extremely proud to have played AFL for the past 7 seasons and that he has enjoyed his time at the Tigers, but now he is looking forward to his new opportunities.
During 2011, Thursfield played only one game until Round 15, but finished off the year playing the last 9 games of the season. He last match being Richmond’s loss to North Melbourne in Round 24.
Thursfield was recruited by Richmond in the 2005 Rookie Draft, as pick number one. He then received rookie elevation and played his debut match in Round 14, 2005 against Sydney at the MCG. In 2007 he was nominated for the AFL Rising Star and was known throughout his career as a strong and courageous defender.
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