Bombers ruckman calls it a day
Injury problems have finally caught up with Essendon ruckman Tom Bellchambers, who has announced his retirement from the game.
Bellchambers has played 136 games throughout his career, but has struggled with injuries and has recently been battling with a knee problem.
The ruckman has managed just seven appearances for the Bombers this season and says the time has now come to call it a day.
"This club has been a huge part of my life for the last 13 years, I can genuinely say I have enjoyed all the ups and downs that my career has thrown at me," Bellchambers said.
"I've been lucky to live out my childhood dream and in doing so have created some amazing memories and friendships along the way that I will cherish forever.
"Physically, my body is telling me my time is up and I go out knowing that I couldn't have given any more to this great club."
It is the time of year when players decide to step aside from the game, and last week Bomber's star Conor McKenna decided to end his AFL career to go back to Ireland.
Bomber's coach John Worsfold has paid tribute to Bellchambers and saluted him for a stellar career.
"Tom's been a loyal and wonderful player for the club over an extended period of time," Worsfold said.
"His contribution as a ruckman for our team can’t be underestimated and for Tom to have played 13 seasons of AFL football is a credit to the way he's applied himself to the game."
The retirement of Bellchambers now leaves the way clear for Sam Draper to cement his place as the Bomber's number one ruckman.
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