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Hunter's AFL career comes to an end

By Justin Chadwick 28/08/2009 08:44:51 PM Comments (0)

The AFL career of West Coast's Adam Hunter is officially over, while Richmond duo Nathan Brown and Mark Coughlan have been told they are no longer required by the Tigers.

Damien Hardwick was only appointed Richmond coach on Wednesday but Brown and Coughlan have already been informed they are not part of Richmond's plans moving forward.

Neither 31-year-old Brown or 27-year-old Coughlan have announced their retirement, leaving the door ajar for them to seek a new home via this year's draft.

Coughlan won Richmond's best and fairest award in 2003 but had his career stalled by successive knee reconstructions and ongoing hamstring complaints.

The West Australian has been a shadow of his former self this season but given he is just 27, might feel there is still life left in his legs.

Brown is another player whose blossoming career was cruelled by injury, with an horrific leg break in 2005 curtailing his progress.

Although he returned to action by round one 2006, he has failed to live up to the blitzing form he displayed before he suffered the break.

The futures of Troy Simmons, Graham Polak and Ben Cousins are others yet to be determined by Hardwick.

Hunter has struggled all year to cope with a debilitating shoulder complaint, notching just eight games for season 2009, the last in round 11.

The Eagles released a statement saying the 28-year-old will get the chance to "say good-bye as part of an on-ground ceremony" after West Coast's clash with Richmond later on Friday night.

Hunter will join midfielder Chad Fletcher in retirement, while the future of veteran David Wirrpanda will be decided sometime over the next month.

Hunter returned to WAFL ranks earlier this month in one final bid to prove his shoulder could handle the rigours of competitive football.

But the extreme pain and restricted movement finally convinced him to call it quits.

Meanwhile, Wirrpanda was forced out of the Eagles' match against Richmond after his partner Shannon McGuire went into labour.

Wirrpanda was replaced in the side by young midfielder Jamie McNamara.

The match will mark Ben Cousins' first match against his former side at Subiaco Oval.

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