Sport AFL Karmichael Hunt confirms AFL departure

Karmichael Hunt confirms AFL departure

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One of the worst kept secrets in sport has been confirmed with Karmichael Hunt announcing his four-year AFL adventure is at an end.

Code-hopper Hunt is widely tipped to join Super Rugby team Queensland Reds next year and on Thursday announced he is leaving Gold Coast following Sunday’s final AFL clash against West Coast.

The former rugby league international has played 44 games since joining the Suns and described his journey in the sport as a “once in lifetime experience”.

“My family and I have been considering my next step as an athlete for some time, and as a result, now is right time for my playing career with the Gold Coast Suns to come to an end,” he said.

“I will be forever grateful to the AFL and Gold Coast Suns for giving me such an amazing opportunity.

“I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it and the game and the Suns will always be part of mine and my family’s life.”

The 27-year-old remains in the hunt for selection in the Suns’ team to take on the Eagles, with the club set to honour Hunt’s time regardless of whether he plays or not.

“Karmichael Hunt’s role in establishing us as an AFL club will never be underestimated by those close to our football club,” Suns chief executive Travis Auld said.

“Karmichael has delivered far more the we could have ever hoped for when we signed him in 2009.”