Tigers ruckman announces immediate retirement

SHAUN Hampson has retired from AFL Football.

The Richmond ruckman has been battling a chronic back condition for the past two seasons.

He announced his immediate retirement to his teammates on Tuesday morning.

The No.17 pick in the 2006 national draft, Hampson played 63 games for Carlton before adding another 35 games to his tally at the Tigers.

“Shaun worked bravely and tirelessly to give himself the best chance to overcome this painful injury,” Richmond football manager Neil Balme said.

“There is ultimately a point where Shaun must think of his long-term health, rather than just the immediate challenge of playing football. It was clear to Shaun and our medical staff that he had reached that point.”

Hampson has made headlines above and beyond his football career thanks to his high-profile relationship with supermodel Megan Gale.

“Shaun certainly loves his family and it was a very difficult decision for him to make,” Balme said.

“He is a very popular member of our squad and we thank him for his dedication to our football club.

“We wish Shaun, Megan and their children River and Rosie all the best for the future.”