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Young Magpie, 24, forced into sad retirement

Young Magpie, 24, forced into sad retirement

Another AFL player has been forced to retire on medical grounds, with Collingwood‘s Josh Carmichael making the tough decision.

The 24-year-old has been experiencing concussion symptoms since he suffered a head knock in a round six VFL match for Collingwood against Southport Sharks in May.

Carmichael was recently assessed by the independent medical panel which led to him medically retiring from contact sport.

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“The past couple of months have been a difficult and uncertain time for me but I have comfort now knowing the direction of my future, and disappointingly that is not playing Australian football,” he said in a statement.

Josh Carmichael celebrates his first AFL win in 2022. AFL Photos via Getty Images

“Footy has been a huge part of my sporting life over the years and I have loved being part of the Collingwood Football Club, but my priority is on my future and ensuring I live a full and healthy life.

“I’d like to thank the club, my coaches, teammates, and staff for all their support throughout my playing career at Collingwood and to everyone who has supported me along my football journey.

“I never imagined getting drafted to an AFL club, especially one like Collingwood and I’ll be forever grateful. I have made so many lifelong friends along the journey which is what footy is all about.

“As for the learnings, opportunities and experiences during my time here, I will forever cherish these and hold the memories close to my heart.

“To my family and friends, thank you so much for your love and support during this time. Not only recently but the whole journey. Always believing in me. No matter what.”

Carmichael has played eight AFL games since being drafted by Collingwood in the 2022 mid-season draft.

The 24-year-old is the second Collingwood player to medically retire this season after Nathan Murphy’s decision in April.

Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw and young Bulldog Aiden O’Driscoll both also retired in 2024 due to concussion and its ongoing affects.