Cyril Rioli Announces His Retirement

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Cyril Rioli has announced his retirement from the game.

The 28-year-old announced on Wednesday morning he will end his career at Hawthorn, having played 189 games across 11 seasons, kicking 275 goals.

He played his last game in round four, 2018, leaving the club last month to spend time in Darwin with his wife Shannon and her family. 

“The decision to retire from football is something that I have thought long and hard about over the past 12 months," he told the club's website.

"I’ve weighed everything up and I am confident the decision I’ve made is the right one for me and my family.

“Football has been my life but it’s always been difficult being away from home. Now is the right time to go home and spend more time with friends and family."

Rioli thanked the club and the fans for their support over his 11-year journey.

"I love the Hawthorn Football Club and I cannot thank them enough for the opportunities they’ve given me and the way they’ve embraced me and my family over the past 11 years," he said.

“I can walk away from the game having achieved everything I could have ever dreamed of and I’m forever grateful for the opportunities I have received.

“I’d like to thank the Hawthorn fans for all their support over the years, it has been an honour to play in front of you each week."

He won four premierships with Hawthorn in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015, including a Norm Smith Medal in their last flag, and was named All-Australian on three occasions.

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