Richmond veteran Chris Newman will retire from AFL football at the end of this season.

He told the Club’s playing group today of his decision to bow out once the Tigers’ 2015 campaign was finished.

“Chris has been an outstanding representative of the Richmond Football Club for 15 years, both on and off the field,” said Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

“He has been a brilliant player, a strong and composed leader, and a magnificent role model.

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“He took over as Richmond captain in a difficult time, and carried himself impressively as he helped build the strong culture which exists at Tigerland today.

“I’m sure the players will be doing everything they can to make sure he gets an appropriate send off, and it’s fitting that our fans can pay tribute to him during the remainder of the season.”

Newman, who was recruited by Richmond at pick 55 overall in 2000 National Draft, has gone on to provide the Tigers with excellent service.

The 33-year-old, now in his 14th season of league football, has played 264 games.

He debuted in Round 9, 2002 against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium, and has been an integral member of Richmond’s team since then.

Over that time, his composure, awareness, toughness, football nous, leadership qualities and impeccable left-foot kicking skills have been extremely valuable assets for the Tigers.

Newman finished fourth in the Jack Dyer Medal in 2008, was third in 2009 and then runner-up in 2010.

He captained Richmond from 2009-12 and was a fine leader of what was then a young playing group.

After stepping down as skipper at the end of the 2012 season, Newman has continued to be a wonderful servant of the Club.

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