Concussion forces Cat to retire

Updated: August 31, 2015

A CONCUSSION suffered in a VFL match last month has forced Geelong speedster Sam Blease into retirement.

The 24-year-old has been advised by doctors to avoid contact sport after copping a knock against Coburg on July 25.

Blease joined the Cats as a delisted free agent from Melbourne last year but managed only one game at AFL level, starting as the sub in the Round 7 loss to Sydney.

“I’ll always be proud that I was able to play for two great clubs in Melbourne and Geelong,” Blease said.

“My career certainly didn’t pan out the way I would’ve liked, but that’s footy and that’s life.

“I was probably lucky to come back from the broken ankle, to be honest.

“But playing in the AFL has been a fantastic experience and I’ve met some fantastic people.”

Drafted from Eastern Ranges in 2008, he played 33 games and kicked 25 goals in six seasons with the Demons.

Blease’s best season was in 2012 when he played 16 games and kicked 19 goals.

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