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Shepparton News - - SPORT -

Re­tired ruck-for­ward Kurt Tip­pett will re­main with Syd­ney as a rookie next year but he has no plans to re­vive his AFL ca­reer.

Tip­pett an­nounced his shock re­tire­ment in Jan­uary, cit­ing con­cerns over a de­bil­i­tat­ing an­kle in­jury, with three years to run on a lu­cra­tive con­tract.

Given the tim­ing of his an­nounce­ment, the Swans had to carry Tip­pett on their pri­mary list this year even though he had left the club and had no in­ten­tion of play­ing again.

Syd­ney of­fi­cially delisted him yes­ter­day in a bid to ease some of the salary cap bur­den of his deal, but he must re­main with the club as a rookie while he con­tin­ues to be paid.

He played 178 AFL games — 104 with Ade­laide and 74 with the Swans — af­ter he was taken with the 32nd over­all pick at the 2006 na­tional draft.

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