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SAS Australia: AFL star Wayne Carey quits because of a shoulder injury


AFL great Wayne Carey became the sixth person to quit SAS Australia on Tuesday night’s episode.

The North Melbourne legend, 50, told chief instructor Ant Middleton he was leaving after failing to climb a ladder in an earlier task due to a shoulder injury.

‘I don’t want to make a mockery of this,’ Wayne said, to which Ant, 41, responded: ‘Are you that f**ked?’ 

Dune and dusted: AFL great Wayne Carey became the sixth person to quit Channel Seven's military-style show SAS Australia on Tuesday night's episode

Dune and dusted: AFL great Wayne Carey became the sixth person to quit Channel Seven’s military-style show SAS Australia on Tuesday night’s episode

‘I can’t climb up a ladder,’ Wayne glumly responded.

‘You know your own body,’ Ant said, before asking Wayne if he’d like to voluntarily withdraw from the selection course.

He quickly agreed, and gave Ant a hug before joining the rest of the recruits to say goodbye.

‘See you guys at the reunion,’ he said, before handing out spare pairs of trousers and socks to the remaining contestants.

Reached his limit: 'You know your own body,' chief instructor Ant Middleton said, before asking Wayne if he'd like to voluntarily withdraw

Reached his limit: ‘You know your own body,’ chief instructor Ant Middleton said, before asking Wayne if he’d like to voluntarily withdraw

Acceptance: 'Sometimes you have to try things that are hard and you may not succeed,' Wayne said after his exit

Acceptance: ‘Sometimes you have to try things that are hard and you may not succeed,’ Wayne said after his exit

Injury: Earlier in the episode, Wayne had been tasked with climbing a ladder next to a waterfall, but was unable to do so because of his left shoulder

Injury: Earlier in the episode, Wayne had been tasked with climbing a ladder next to a waterfall, but was unable to do so because of his left shoulder

‘Sometimes you have to try things that are hard and you may not succeed,’ Wayne told producers after his exit.

‘But I think not having a go at something will sit with you a lot longer than having a go and failing.

‘This is arguably one of the hardest things that I’ve ever done. But I’m tremendously proud and I have no doubt this is just something that stays with you forever.’

Earlier in the episode, Wayne had been tasked with climbing up a ladder next to a waterfall but was unable to do so because of his left shoulder.

He was the only recruit that had to be lifted out by a rope by the rest of the team.

Farewell: Wayne wasn't the only one to quit during Tuesday's episode, with rugby star Ellia Green (pictured) also handing in her armband earlier in the day

Farewell: Wayne wasn’t the only one to quit during Tuesday’s episode, with rugby star Ellia Green (pictured) also handing in her armband earlier in the day

Wayne wasn’t the only recruit to quit during Tuesday’s episode, however, with rugby star Ellia Green also handing in her armband earlier in the day.

After the team was tasked with running into the ocean before rolling around in the sand, Ellia announced she couldn’t go any further.

‘Great effort. You’ve grown from strength to strength,’ Ant responded. ‘Work on it, and I promise you, you will be a f**king formidable force. Amazing effort.’

Wayne made quite the impact during his appearance on Seven’s military-style show.

While under interrogation, he spoke candidly about his 2002 affair with his former teammate Antony Stevens’ wife, Kelli.

Candid: Wayne made quite the impact during his appearance on SAS Australia, after he spoke about his 2002 affair with his former teammate Antony Stevens' wife, Kelli

Candid: Wayne made quite the impact during his appearance on SAS Australia, after he spoke about his 2002 affair with his former teammate Antony Stevens’ wife, Kelli 

Former friends: He detailed his 2002 affair with Kelli Stevens, the wife of his then-teammate Anthony Stevens. (right). Pictured together after the AFL grand final in Melbourne in 1996

Former friends: He detailed his 2002 affair with Kelli Stevens, the wife of his then-teammate Anthony Stevens. (right). Pictured together after the AFL grand final in Melbourne in 1996

His revelation left Ant shocked, as Wayne said: ‘It’s haunted me for over 20 years. I was in self-destruction mode. You know, I guess my life started to unravel.’

The premiership captain was married to Sally McMahon at the time, and Anthony had even acted as a groomsman at their wedding just a year earlier.

Wayne later issued a public apology to his former best friend in 2016, insisting the affair had been a one-night only event.

Love and betrayal: Wayne later issued a public apology to his former best friend in 2016, insisting the affair had been a one-night only event. (right, Kelli with Anthony at an AFL match in Brisbane in August 2004)

Love and betrayal: Wayne later issued a public apology to his former best friend in 2016, insisting the affair had been a one-night only event. (right, Kelli with Anthony at an AFL match in Brisbane in August 2004) 

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