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Knee injury forces versatile Swan to quit

TWO-time Sydney premiership player Lewis Roberts-Thompson will walk a lap of honour during the Swans' clash with St Kilda at the SCG tomorrow after announcing his immediate retirement.

The 30-year-old rugby union convert (pictured) had played 179 senior games after being drafted in 2001, but has played only five this season because of a serious knee injury.

Swans coach John Longmire praised Roberts-Thompson, saying he had been a big-game player and was influential in the Swans' premiership successes in 2005 and 2012.

"Lewie has been an outstanding competitor for a long period of time," he said.

"One of his great assets has been his ability and willingness to adapt to any role he has been given.

"There is not a position on the ground that Lewie hasn't played in over the course of his career."