Pies surprises when defender withdraws, rumors swirl about offer from rival club for Walker

Key Collingwood defender Jordan Roughead has announced his retirement, after 201 games for the Magpies and Western Bulldogs.

An ongoing 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 hang up his boots.

“Going into this season, I knew it would probably be my last. I’ve had an ongoing problem with my shoulder for the last few years and I knew at some point I would have to make a decision,” Roughead told the Collingwood media on Friday.

“The last month or so I spent some time thinking about when I would make the call. This is not a decision that I am making because I want to, but a decision that I am making for my long-term health and also for my family.”

Roughead made a name for himself as part of the Western Bulldogs premiership team in 2016, in which he was a crucial figure as a mobile ruckman.

He famously played despite sustaining a serious eye injury in the Dogs’ thrilling preliminary final victory the week before, taking a crucial mark in the club’s drought-breaking win.

After being traded to Collingwood for the start of the 2022 season, Roughead morphed into the Foot’s main key defender, allowing interception markers Jeremy Howe and Darcy Moore more freedom.

In 63 games for the Magpies over three and a half seasons, Roughead finished in the top ten in the club’s best and fairest in 2019 and 2021.

Roughead has also been influential off the field, serving as an assistant coach for the Pies AFLW team as well as a major spokesperson for the league’s Players for Climate Action initiative. His work advocating for LGBTIQA+ groups, climate change, women’s sports, and youth homelessness led to his two-time nomination for the AFL’s Jim Stynes ​​Community Leadership Award.

“’Roughy’ leaves the football show with everyone wishing him well. He has been an integral part of our club, on and off the field,” Pies Football General Manager Graham Wright said in a statement.

“Roughy gave everything he had and we can’t ask for more from any player.

“Even though he’s not going to play, he’s not lost on the show. Roughy will be working in various areas of the football department for the rest of the year.”

Roughead comes out of the game with an unfortunate record: the most home and away games (193) without a single vote for the Brownlow Medal.

Jordan Roughead of the Magpies. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Rumors revolve around a surprise offer from a rival club for Tex

Adelaide spearhead Taylor Walker could finish her career elsewhere, according to a report from Triple M Chris Dittmar.

According to Dittmar, the 32-year-old, who has kicked 18 goals in seven games after missing six games between late 2021 and early 2022 for a racial slur, was offered a two-year contract by a rival ‘in the prime minister’s window’ .

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

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

“There is a club in the prime ministerial window…because they think they need a big, marked striker like him, to cross the line.”

Co-host Mark Ricciuto, the Crows’ director of football, was surprised by the comments.

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

Walker has won the kickoff goal for the Crows in each of the last three seasons. He will miss the club’s clash with Geelong this weekend after entering the AFL’s health and safety protocols.

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