Saints star pondering retirement

13 January 2021 19:58:56 GMTPlus11

St Kilda have confirmed defender Dylan Roberton will step away from playing AFL and take time to consider his future after battling with heart issues.

The 29-year-old suffered his first heart scare during the round four clash with Geelong back in 2018 and has gone on to play just one senior game since then.

The club have now issued a statement clarifying the player's situation and it looks as though retirement is a very real possibility.

"In consultation with his specialists and club medical team, and with full support of the club, Roberton will assess all available options over the coming weeks," the statement read.

"In the meantime, we request that the privacy of Dylan and his family is respected, and any queries are made via the appropriate club channels."

Roberton was at training on Wednesday but was there to assist the coaches and did not take part in the session.

Teammate Jack Billings says the whole club are behind Roberton in these tough times and will give him all the support he needs.

"He's taking some time and weighing things up. He's clearly had some challenges over the last few years, he's got a great family and three kids, so he's taking some time at the moment," Billings said.

"He's a good mate of mine and the boys love him, and the club and all the players are fully behind him."

Roberton has played 129 games over 11 seasons and it now remains to be seen if he will be able to add to that tally.

St Kilda are priced at 18/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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