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Kade comfortable to call time

Kade Kolodjashnij has announced his retirement. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

KADE Kolodjashnij has announced his retirement after a seven-year career impacted by concussions issues.

Kolodjashnij, who started his career with the Gold Coast Suns after being taken with pick No.5 in the 2013 National Draft, hasn’t played since Round 3, 2019.

“It’s disappointing it has turned out like this,” he said. “I think coming into the AFL system you don’t expect to be retiring at 25 years old, but I have been fortunate enough to be at two great clubs.

“I have met some lifelong friends, and grown so much individually as a person both on the field and off the field, so I am pretty content with where it is all at now.

“I have had a bit of time to think about the transition and the retirement; unfortunately, concussion got the better of me over the last four years or so.

“I wouldn’t take anything back, I have learnt and grown so much and just looking forward to the next phase of my life.”

Kolodjashnij has put his concussion issues behind him, and along with his twin brother, Geelong defender Jake, is running a business.

“I am back in a pretty good place now – I am exercising and feeling good physically and mentally,” he said.

“During my football career, Jake and I invested in a family business which specialises in natural insect repellent.

“It’s going really well at the moment, and we have been operating and trading for about 12 months now.

“We are actually looking to get into some big retail chains in the next six months, which is really exciting.

“In addition to that, I am looking at getting involved in a few other business adventures also.”

Kolodjashnij, who was drafted from Launceston, played 78 games for the Suns and two for the Demons.