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Series of concussions force Adams retirement

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North Melbourne’s Leigh Adams has been forced into retirement following recent concussions.

Adams consulted the Kangaroos’ medical staff as well as specialists before making the decision, which the club announced on Saturday.

The 27-year-old played 104 senior matches after making his debut in 2007, a year after he joined the Kangaroos through the rookie draft.

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Adams, who suffered a spate of head knocks during his career, tried to return to football through the VFL this year, but received another hit in June.

“It’s a real credit to ‘Patch’ [Adams], that in my view, he redefined that forward/midfielder role in today’s footy. He really did play that role as well as any player in the competition,” Scott said in a statement.

“Patch was such a highly valued person and highly valued performer for us over such a long period.

“But we know there are things that are more important than the game. As a footy club, I’m proud of the way everyone has supported Patch through a really difficult time and certainly support his decision.”

Adams kicked 72 goals during his career with the Kangaroos.

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