Defender retires, shocks spread, rumors of rival club bids for Walker spread



Collingwood key defender Jordan Rughead has announced his retirement after 201 games for the Magpies and Western Bulldogs.

A running shoulder problem, as well as a finger injury that limited him to just one game in the first ten rounds of 2022, is the reason for the 31-year-old’s decision to wear boots.

“Coming this season I knew it could be my last. I’ve been suffering from a running shoulder problem for the last few years and knew I had to make a decision at some point, ”Rughead told Collingwood Media on Friday.

“I’ve been thinking for a month or so about when to call. It’s not a decision I make because I want to, but a decision I make for my long-term health and for my family. “

Rughead made his name as part of the Western Bulldogs’ 2016 Premiership team, where he was a key figure as a mobile Rookman.

He played famously despite suffering a serious eye injury in the dog’s thrilling preliminary final win last week, taking an important mark in the club’s drought-breaking victory.

After trading with Collingwood at the start of the 2022 season, Rughead became the main defender for Pie, giving intercept markers Jeremy Howe and Darcy Moore more freedom.

In 63 games for Magpies in three and a half seasons, Rughead has been ranked in the top ten among the club’s best and most beautiful in 2019 and 2021.

Roghead was also influential off the field, serving as the assistant coach of the Pies’ AFLW team, as well as the main spokesman for the league’s Players for Climate Action initiative. She has twice been nominated for AFL’s Jim Steins Community Leadership Award for her advocacy work for the LGBTIQA + group, climate change, women’s sports, and youth homelessness.

“Everyone left the ‘Rafi’ football program to greet him. He was an integral part of our club on and off the field, “said Graham Wright, general manager of Pais football.

“Rafi has given us everything he has and we can’t ask any player for more than that.

“Even though he’s not going to play, he hasn’t lost the program. Rafi will work in several areas of the football department for the rest of the year.

Rughead leaves the game with an unfortunate record: most home and away games without a single Brownlow medal vote (193).

Jordan Rughead of Magpies.

Jordan Rughead of Magpies. (Dylan Burns / AFL photo via Getty Images)

Rumors of a shock bid from rival clubs for Tex have spread

Adelaide Spearhead Taylor Walker could end his career elsewhere, according to a report from Triple M’s Chris Dietmer.

According to Dietmar, the 32-year-old, who has scored 18 goals in seven games after missing six games for racial slurs in late 2021 and early 2022, has been offered a two-year contract from a rival in the ‘premiership window’. .

“I can tell you right now a club is chasing Tex Walker, a two-year deal,” Dietmar said at Triple M Breakfast on Friday morning.

“I got it from a reliable source, I got it from the right place.

“There’s a club in the Premiership window… because they need big marking forwards like that to cross the line.”

Co-host Mark Ricciuto, Cro’s football director, was blinded by the comments.

“If your reaction is that you think it’s right, I’ll be on the phone as soon as this bloody break is over!” Richiuto said.

Walker has won the Cuckoo goalkeeping in each of the last three seasons. He will miss the club’s clash with Jilong this weekend after entering the AFL’s health and safety protocol.

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