Talented sportsman Drew Cameron has been forced into football retirement.
Cameron had a left knee reconstruction on December 2 - more than seven months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
Despite the serious injury, the 29-year-old was able to play another three months before it 'blew out' again.
He's also been forced to step away, temporarily, from his commitments as one of Cricket Albury Wodonga's best batsmen at Belvoir.
"The surgeon said I've got underdeveloped hamstring tendons," Cameron said.
"In an ideal world the graft would be nine millimetres thick, they had to take two of my hamstrings and weed them together and now the graft's only six millimetres so I'd be silly to go back and play footy, it just wouldn't hold up."
The graft's only six millimetres so I'd be silly to go back and play footy, it just wouldn't hold up."Drew Cameron
The Mitta United forward originally suffered the injury against Wodonga Saints on April 27, where he also ruptured the medial collateral ligament and had cartilage damage.
He wasn't able to get a scan until the following Friday and was able to train that previous night, so he elected to play Kiewa Sandy Creek and kicked four goals.
He kicked two the following week and then received the bad news three days later.
"It was such a shock to me," he said.
"I weighed it up and I thought I'll still keep playing because I love playing footy with the boys.
"I thought you're a long time retired and once I get it repaired I probably won't play again."
But his football career ended on July 20.
"I heard a snap and the bloke that kicked it to the contest said it was the most disgusting sound he'd heard on a footy field," he said.
The intriguing aspect of Cameron's injury is that he was able to play so long.
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"They (medical staff) reckon I have strong quads, so the quad was taking a lot of the load, still every now and then it would give way."
Cameron will return to cricket next season.