10Key Castec rural Supplies Pioneers veteran Brad Hill has succumbed to a chronic ankle injury, forcing him out for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Brad has been battling for the past couple of seasons with a degenerative condition in his ankle. He and the club had hoped that off season surgery had arrested the problem and all early Indications were that he would be able to return to his best. Two pre-season mishaps set Brad back and a recent visit to his surgeon confirmed further damage to the ankle.

After discussions with the Surgeon, his wife Julie, the club and his coach the decision was clear that he was not going to be able to contribute to the team at an acceptable level and without doing irreparable damage.

Brad a veteran of 277 NBL games, 139 of those with the 36ers and 191 SEABL games, 138 of those with the Pioneers where he has found a home and been a key member of the Pioneers incredible run of 5 National finals and 3 National Championships.

Brad has been an all SEABL team member on 3 occasions, Alan Scott medallist twice (runner up twice) and was Grand Final MVP in the Pioneers first Championship win.

Brad started as a Sturt Junior graduated to the AIS, was a Australian representative as a Junior and Senior.

“Brad has been a huge part of our unprecedented Championship run” Pioneers Coach Richard Hill said. “Brad along with his team mates have all sacrificed individually to achieve team success”.

“Brad will be missed but the strength of our program has been the collective unit and the Pioneers will continue to thrive” Coach Hill concluded.

The Pioneers are set to announce a replacement who may be in uniform for the team on Friday night in their grand final re-match with the Dandenong Rangers.