Scott Thompson of the Crows (left) battles for the ball with Toby McLean of the Bulldogs.
Scott Thompson of the Crows (left) battles for the ball with Toby McLean of the Bulldogs. DAVID MARIUZ

Crows veteran to call it quits at season's end

AFL: Adelaide veteran Scott Thompson has announced his retirement from AFL football.

The 34-year-old, who has played one senior game this year, will play out the year and retire at the end of the season.

Thompson has played 308 AFL games across 17 seasons, with 13 of those years at the Crows.

"I consider it an absolute privilege to have played at the elite level for so many years,” Thompson told the club's website.

"I have heard many others say it is the camaraderie and friendship inside the change rooms that you miss most when you retire and I will be no different.

"The current group is not just full of talent, but also great blokes who have a genuine care for each other and a desire for team success.”

Thompson was originally drafted to Melbourne at Pick 16 in the 2000 AFL Draft, but left the Demons after just 39 games to return home to South Australia at the end of 2004.

The tough inside midfielder then became a fixture of Adelaide's midfield for more than a decade, winning two club best and fairests.

His finest season was in 2012, when Thompson finished third in the Brownlow Medal, was named All-Australian and won the Crows' club champion award.

Thompson has been incredibly durable during his career, playing 21 or more games in every year between 2005 and 2016 - aside from 2014, when he played 19.

Across his career, he has averaged 23.5 disposals, 4.6 clearances and 4.6 tackles per game.

But after an injury-interrupted pre-season, the 34-year-old has played just one senior game this year - against the Western Bulldogs in Round 16.

Despite the tough individual season, where the veteran has largely played in the SANFL, Thompson said he'd enjoyed the year.

"I entered this season knowing it was most likely my last and it has turned out to be one of my most rewarding,” Thompson said.

"While playing majority of this season in the SANFL, I have realised how much I love the game and in particular helping and mentoring the younger players, and seeing them develop.”

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