Sydney Swans midfielder Kevin Dyson reluctantly announced his retirement
from the AFL yesterday because of the ever-increasing demands of a job the club
helped him find.
Dyson played 35 matches in two seasons with Sydney after being recruited from
Melbourne, but only 13 in 1997 when he was on a performance-based contract and
often unavailable because of work commitments. His job with an Asia-Pacific
electronics/computing company requires him to spend more time travelling and he
has been unable to join his team-mates for 1998 pre-season training.
Dyson, 30, said he hoped to remain involved with the club helping out with
the development of younger players.
"I love Australian Rules and love playing for the Swans but the situation
with regard to work and football just isn't manageable," he said.
"When I can't train consistently with the other players and do my bit as a
full-time member of the team it just isn't right, so unfortunately while my
heart is still very much with football and the Swans, I've decided it's best I
hang up the boots."
Swans coach Rodney Eade was full of praise for Dyson, but after weeks of
negotiations was forced to reluctantly accept his retirement.
"Kevin has given a great deal to the Swans in a short period of time and I
have no doubts he still has the capacity to contribute even further, however, we
totally understand his position and fully support him," Eade said.
"I talked with Kevin at great length about playing again in 1998 but in the
end work just had to be the top priority."
Spokesman Stephen Brassel said although the Swans were disappointed to lose
the playing services of Dyson, they were pleased to have played a part in
furthering his career after football. Dyson played a total of 105 AFL games with
Melbourne and Sydney.