One more year for Judd

Aug 12, 2014

Carlton star and dual Brownlow Medallist Chris Judd has changed his mind on retirement and will play on for a 14th AFL season in 2015.

Judd, who turns 31 in September, has hit form in the past two months after an injury-interrupted first half of the season.

The 268-game veteran said last night he had decided earlier in the season to retire at the end of 2014.

“Four or five months ago I’d made the decision to retire,” Judd told Fox Footy’s On The Couch program.

“I’d told all my friends and family that I was done.

“Circumstances changed a bit three or four weeks ago.

“I spoke with the club today and I’m going to go on next year.

“If things go to plan over the next three weeks (in the last three rounds of the season), I’ll be back next year.”

The six-time All-Australian played 134 matches for West Coast between 2002 and 2007, captaining the Eagles to a premiership in 2006.

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A two-time club champion with the Eagles, Judd has won a further three best-and-fairest awards in a 134-game career at Carlton.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse had fuelled speculation that 2014 could be Judd’s final season.

Malthouse said earlier this season that his philosophy was: “If there’s a bit left in the tank, don’t try to drag it out.”

Judd gave a brilliant performance in Saturday’s win over Gold Coast, gathering 27 disposals and nine clearances and kicking two goals.

Malthouse said after the match: “Juddy, really, if he says to me, ‘I reckon I can go on’, I’ll certainly be saying ‘so do I’.”

Judd missed the first four rounds of the 2014 season with an Achilles injury, then hurt his hamstring in round five.

In eight matches since his comeback in round 13, Judd has averaged 22 possessions per game.

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