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Jones announces immediate retirement

Blues defender Liam Jones has announced his retirement citing "personal reasons" behind is immediate exit from the game.


It was revealed earlier this week that Jones had refused to be vaccinated ahead of mandates set by the AFL, effectively a no jab no play policy.


"I wish to announce my retirement from AFL football effective immediately," Jones said in a statement released by Carlton on Sunday.


"I want to take this opportunity to thank all who have supported me throughout my journey, both personally and professionally.


"I love the game and I'll miss my teammates."


Announcing his retirement with one season to go on his contract is reportedly set to cost Jones $500,000.


Under the AFL's vaccination schedule and Victorian government mandate, men's players must have had their second shots by November 26 to continue as part of their clubs' programs.


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