Curtly Hampton Retires From Adelaide Effective Immediately

"I've lost the passion."

Curtly Hampton Retires From Adelaide Effective Immediately AAP Photos

Adelaide's Curtly Hampton has retired, effective immediately.

Hampton will end his career in the AFL after 51 games at GWS and 12 games at Adelaide, saying he had lost the desire to perform at the highest level.

“After eight years in the system and with multiple setbacks along the way, I’ve lost the passion, motivation and enjoyment for the game that you need perform at the highest level,” he told the club's website.

“The past few weeks have been particularly hard as I try to deal with the symptoms of vertigo.

“At times, it has been difficult to train and play but it has also affected my life away from football.

“In saying that I am confident of making a full recovery but I feel it is best to do that away from the pressures of the AFL industry.

“This is a good opportunity to focus on the other priorities in my life and I look forward to the next chapter.”

Adelaide coach Don Pyke said it was disappointing for Hampton, but expressed full support for him and his decision.

“To consistently perform at the highest level is challenging at the best of times let alone when you are confronted by physical setbacks,” Pyke said.

“Curtly has been a valued teammate and club person since coming here late in 2015 and he can be proud of what he has achieved.

“We hope he can get back to full health as quickly as possible and we wish Curtly and his partner Emma all the best for the future.”

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