Injury-plagued Lion calls time on his career

THE cull has continued at the Brisbane Lions with 31-year-old utility Brent Staker calling it quits after six injury-plagued seasons.

Originally taken by West Coast with selection No.37 in the 2002 national draft,

Staker (pictured) largely flew under the radar in Perth until round four of the 2008 season when his jaw got in the way of a roundhouse left from Sydney strongman Barry Hall.

The big Swan was rubbed out for seven games, Staker making light of the incident after telling his teammates yesterday his time was up.

"Quick thank-yous, the first one without any hesitation is to Barry Hall," Staker laughed. "Bazza's reassured me I've got a very strong right jaw, it's still intact. I appreciate it Barry for putting me on the map."

Staker had a horror run with injuries in Brisbane, undergoing two knee reconstructions, stress fractures in his foot and a calf problem that cost him all of the 2014 season.



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