Richmond has released Chris Yarran from his contract

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Chris Yarran.

Chris Yarran. Photo: Quinn Rooney

Richmond has released Chris Yarran from his contract to allow him to deal with ongoing mental health issues, effective immediately.

Tigers football manager Neil Balme said Yarran had found it difficult to meet the demands of AFL football.

"Ultimately it was agreed with Chris, and his management, that stepping away from the game is in the best interest of his long-term health and wellbeing," Balme said.

Yarran said he was appreciative of Richmond's support since moving from Carlton a year ago.

"I am extremely grateful for the support Richmond has given me over the past year. I am deeply disappointed my ongoing health issues have not allowed me to repay the Club and its supporters," Yarran said.

Yarran moved to Richmond from Carlton at the end of the 2015 season in exchange for pick 19.

He played 119 games at the Blues but did not play a senior game as a Tiger.

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