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Christensen calls time

Brisbane midfielder Allen Christensen. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

ALLEN Christensen has announced his retirement after 133 games across the Brisbane Lions and Geelong.

The 29-year-old, who didn’t play a game for the Lions in 2020, spent 11 years in the AFL after being drafted by the Cats from the Geelong Falcons in 2009.

After 65 games with the Cats, including the 2011 premiership, Christensen joined Brisbane at the end of 2014 and appeared 68 times for the Lions, including its two finals matches in 2019.

“Obviously the flag is something I will look back on with great fondness but it happened so long ago and I was so young and at the time I guess I was just thinking about continuously trying to get better and better,’’ he said.

“Now it is all over I can say I’m very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had, I played at two big Clubs and enjoyed some success.

“I am happy with the footy I played at the Lions, I played a different role here and I feel I was able to make a contribution.

“I was very proud to be a part of the side that returned our Club to the finals last year.

“We have come a long way, it was a crazy year and to have been able to make a contribution towards that is something that I will always carry with me.’’

Brisbane football boss David Noble said Christensen was also a key driver of the off-field revival of the club.

“Allen has contributed to our club in a number of ways and through a number of avenues,’’ he said.

“As a player he has contributed to our on-field growth in the last four years, overcoming injury a couple of years ago through sheer determination to play at AFL level again.

“As a person, Allen has battled with personal challenges off-field with his gambling, faced them on a daily basis and then helping the football club and the wider community with the issues of gambling and its effects.

“Then as a proud Indigenous man, he has been an integral component for the club to assist us with internal education around the importance of his people’s cultural issues and being part of our RAP program development.”