INJURY CONCERNS: Saints veteran Leigh Montagna takes a mark in front of the Hawks Paul Puopolo. Montagna is weighing up his future in the game after suffering a severe hamstring injury which may force him into retirement.
INJURY CONCERNS: Saints veteran Leigh Montagna takes a mark in front of the Hawks Paul Puopolo. Montagna is weighing up his future in the game after suffering a severe hamstring injury which may force him into retirement. Robert Cianflone

Hamstring injury may force veteran Saint into retirement

LEIGH Montagna says he won't play again this season unless St Kilda makes the finals and concedes his 16-year AFL career may be over.

The Saints veteran suffered a bad hamstring injury during Saturday night's loss to Sydney and says he contemplated the end of his career as he walked off the SCG. He wants to play on but a decision will be made with the club in coming weeks.

"It's unlikely I'll play again, definitely (not) in the home-and-away season, it's more serious than your normal hamstring as most people could see when I went down," Montagna said.

"There is still a chance that I could play finals. That's seven weeks away because of the bye, so if we make it I can start to push for finals.

"(Next year) is now up in the air so I could have played my last game."

Montagna said he would meet the club in the next two weeks to discuss his future.

Champion teammate Nick Riewoldt will have similar talks.

"I'm in no urgent rush to find out. In the next two weeks we'll all get together and we'll have those conversations about everyone's doubts, concerns, the possibilities and we'll make a decision from there," Montagna said.

"I've got some time to sit down and think about it, and I'll meet with the family and friends, some close confidants, the club, and see what they think and we'll make a decision.

"I took it in as I was walking off the SCG and thought this possibly could be the last time I walk off a footy ground, so I did take that moment but we're not sure, so we'll just have to wait and see.

"Hopefully there's still either some footy to play in the finals or potentially, possibly next season."

Montagna has played 287 games since making his debut in 2002.

News Corp Australia

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