CARLTON defender Liam Jones has chosen to end his AFL career just days after it was revealed he was unvaccinated for COVID-19.
The 30-year-old was contracted for 2022.
“I wish to announce my retirement from AFL football effective immediately,” Jones said in a statement on Sunday.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all who have supported me throughout my journey, both personally and professionally.
“I love the game and I’ll miss my teammates.”
Carlton head of football Brad Lloyd indicated Jones had been weighing up his decision for some time.
“We have been in constant dialogue with Liam in recent months and allowing him the time he needed to make an informed decision regarding his playing career,” Lloyd said.
“Liam confirmed with us today that he has made the decision to retire, and his wish for the specific reasons of that decision to be kept private.
“As a club, we will be respecting that.”
Under the AFL schedule, men’s players must have had their second shots by November 26 to continue as part of their clubs’ programs.
Jones’ retirement call comes after Adelaide AFLW premiership player Deni Varnhagen, who works as a registered nurse, was moved to the Crows’ inactive list earlier this month because of her anti-vaccination stance.