One of my favourite Brisbane Lions players, Justin Leppitsch, has just announced his retirement mid-season due to a chronic back injury.
Lepptisch was a truly exciting player as a forward in the first few years of his career. I particularly remember a game against Collingwood where he baulked the player standing on the mark, ran around him and goaled from 50 metres. But it was the move to centre-half back when Leigh Matthews came to coach in 1999 that turned him into a true champion. He made the position his own playing it with a unique "loose but accountable" style and was a key element of the Lions' premierships in 2001-03. He'll be missed.
Thanks for the memories Justin.