DOWNLOAD THE FREE LiSTNR APP

Nick Riewoldt: “It’s A Brave Call And They Should Be Applauded For Being Pioneers”

Nick Riewoldt has applauded both Nathan Murphy and Angus Brayshaw for their medical retirements, labelled them “pioneers of this self-preservation movement”.

Murphy announced his retirement on Tuesday morning after 57 games and a premiership for Collingwood, in the wake of a 10th concussion in last year’s grand final.

Riewoldt – who recalled a time during his generation of wanting to do everything to play through injury and win – paid tribute to Murphy and all players who are starting to look after themselves on Tuesday’s episode of Footy Talk.

RELATED:   Australia Wins Bid To Host 2026 Women's Asian Cup

“For a young man, it is agonising…they will look back with the benefit of hindsight, particularly with premierships in their back pocket and say ‘I achieved something really, really special’,” he said.

NICK RIEWOLDT TALKS NATHAN MURPHY:

(from 8:19)

Footy Talk isn’t missing a moment of footy this season, with Dale Thomas, Leigh Montagna, Abbey Holmes, Nick Riewoldt and more! New episodes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.