One of the finest players to ever come from Western Victoria, veteran Brisbane superstar Jonathan Brown, 32, has announced his immediate retirement from the top AFL.
The Colac born and Warrnambool reared Brown who has played 256 games, said his decision was based on strong medical advice following his third heavy head knock in 12 months on June 14.
"It's a very difficult time, but at the same time I'm very happy on reflection," he said at a press conference Monday
"Unfortunately though, the last week or so it's become evident after my concussion last week that I don't respond or bounce back like I used to from those hits.
"I had pretty strong medical advice this week that it was in my best interest to stop.
"It's been a hard pill to swallow, even though deep down inside I knew that was the right answer."
Brown, a three-time premiership winner, said his 15th season in the AFL was likely to have been his last anyway.