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Club statement: Chris Yarran

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Chris Yarran of the Tigers marks during a Richmond Tigers AFL pre-season training session at ME Bank Centre on November 7, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Chris Yarran has been released from his contract, effective immediately, to allow him to deal with ongoing mental health issues.

“Chris has found it difficult to meet the demands of AFL football given his personal issues,” Richmond General Manager – Football, Neil Balme said.

“Ultimately it was agreed with Chris, and his management, that stepping away from the game is in the best interest of his long-term health and wellbeing.”

Yarran said he greatly appreciated the support of Richmond over the past 12 months.

“I am extremely grateful for the support Richmond has given me over the past year. I am deeply disappointed my ongoing health issues have not allowed me to repay the Club and its supporters,” Yarran said.