Brisbane on-baller Brent Moloney has retired, ending an AFL career that spanned 166 games and three clubs.
Bruising Brisbane midfielder Brent Moloney has retired at age 30, succumbing to an achilles injury.
Moloney played 166 AFL games in total, plying his trade at Geelong and Melbourne before joining the Lions for their 2013 campaign.
He played the opening five rounds of the current season, but was dropped after being the substitute against Richmond on April 17.
That match will remain his last at AFL level.
Lions coach Justin Leppitsch insisted Moloney was not on the outer throughout the season, but refused to recall the midfielder at any stage.
Moloney then decided to hang up the boots after a recent achilles injury.
The on-baller was taken by the Cats in the 2003 pre-season draft, then traded to Melbourne in 2004 as part of the deal that resulted in Brad Ottens joining Geelong.
Moloney was beset by injury at the Demons, then stripped of the vice-captaincy in 2011 after a heavy drinking session.
But he quickly bounced back, winning the club’s best and fairest award in the same year.
Moloney played 15 games under new Melbourne coach Mark Neeld in 2012 before being shipped off to the Lions.
It was anything but amicable.
When Neeld was sacked the following year, Moloney posted a picture with the words “karma is a bitch” on social media.
Moloney told the Lions’ club website he would like to be remembered as an “honest bloke” and a “good teammate”.
Daniel Rich and Tom Rockliff were among Moloney’s teammates to pay tribute to him on Twitter.
“Brent is a fantastic character and we are fortunate to have had him as part of our Lions family,” Lions football manager Dean Warren said on the Lions’ website.
“Brent has been a great mentor for our young playing list, in particular our midfielders and will be sorely missed around the Club.”