Brisbane Lions defender Marcus Adams has announced his retirement. 

Adams played a total of 73 AFL games including 46 for the Lions and 27 with the Western Bulldogs before arriving in Brisbane. 

The 30-year-old, who sustained a delayed concussion after last year’s Round 21 Match against Carlton, made the decision based on the advice of the Club’s medical team and AFL medical specialists, that he ceases participation in contact sport. 

Adams was placed on the Club’s Inactive List in January to allow him to concentrate on his health and wellbeing, which has remained the Club’s top priority. 

Brisbane Lions General Manager Football, Danny Daly, thanked Adams for his contribution and offered the Club’s ongoing support. 

“While it has been a challenging 12 months for Marcus, we have all admired the way he has handled the situation, which speaks volumes of him as a person and professional,” he said. 

“The health and wellbeing of all players and staff is always our main priority and all we want for Marcus is for him to be fit, healthy and happy. 

“On the field Marcus was an important player for us as a reliable, strong defender and off the field he was very popular amongst his teammates and Lions fans alike. 

“Marcus and his family will always be part of the Brisbane Lions family and we wish him all the best for life after football and will always be here for him.” 

Adams informed his teammates of his decision to retire after training on Tuesday afternoon. 


The defender said it was important for him to come into the Club and make the announcement in person. 

“While no part of me really wants to let it go, I know it’s the right decision for me,” he said. 

“The whole journey is something I will remember very fondly, and even though it hasn’t ended how I would’ve liked, it has been the best experience I could have hoped for. 

“Thanks to my family, friends and the whole footy club for the support over the past 12 months, and most importantly Ellie who has just been so wonderful.