But knee and hip issues have prevented the 31-year-old from playing this season.
The Tigers have been decimated by injuries this season with Toby Nankervis and Jack Ross the latest additions to a casualty list that already includes stars Trent Cotchin (hamstring), Alex Rance (knee) and Jack Riewoldt (knee).
Nankervis (groin) and Ross (ankle) were hurt during Sunday’s win over Fremantle in Perth and both face lengthy stints on the sidelines.
Clubs can only add to their list mid-season to fill vacancies created by players retiring or being added to the long-term injury list.
Rance, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in round one, would be an obvious candidate to go on the long-term list but the Tigers haven’t given up on the five-time All Australian defender making a stunning late-season return.
Grigg made 214 AFL appearances – 43 of those for Carlton – and played in every game of the Tigers’ premiership campaign.
“It’s been amazing to play 13 seasons of league football with two great clubs,” he said.
“I’ve loved my football journey, and feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to play this great game.
“Although it’s difficult to make the decision to call time on my own career, it may give the club a chance to provide someone else an opportunity.”
Tigers football boss Neil Balme said Grigg had been a valuable contributor on and off the field.
“We’ve loved the way he’s gone about his football – always bringing a team-first attitude to the roles we’ve asked him to play,” Balme said.
“He brings a lot of fun to the club, and has built great connections to his teammates, staff and coaches, and we will miss him.”
Richmond put a much-publicised effort into recruiting lots of big-name players. Unfortunately three of the four big names are forwards, and there have been many cases of prestigious AFLW teams – Collingwood and Carlton, fore example – in previous seasons stacking their line-up with big-name forwards only to discover that without a midfield or a […]
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick opined that he would start 2020 with the best recruit available in Alex Rance, who had missed virtually all of the 2019 season and would therefore be starting 2020 as a new face to fit into the team.