Kane Lambert retires, Richmond Football Club, hip injuries, how many games, premiership player, retirement speech

Kane Lambert, three-time Premier of Richmond, has retired from the AFL with immediate effect.

Lambert played 135 games for the Tigers and was a key cog in the team’s senior positions in 2017, 2019 and 2020, before a persistent hip problem prevented him from playing regularly in the senior team.

The 30-year-old informed his teammates of the decision on Monday.

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“My goal was to prove people right, people who cared about me and gave me their time and effort,” he added.

“I’m so lucky to be able to thank these people.”

“It’s not what you earn, it’s who you earn it with, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to share this journey with all of our past and present players, staff and members.”

Richmond manager Damien Hardwick paid tribute to Lambert via the club’s website.

“What Kane has given us since joining the football club can never be repaid, but it can be learned,” he said.

“Dedication, resilience and all the things we talk about were needed to get the best out of yourself, this man did.

“The way he played the game; we changed things around him and how Lambert would do it. Watching him on the pitch is like a master class for an AFL coach.

“Kane gave us success, but he also gave us stuff off the pitch that will last a long time.”

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