Hawthorn's Ben McEvoy and the Bulldogs' Tom Boyd compete in a ruck contest last year. Picture: Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty
Hawthorn's Ben McEvoy and the Bulldogs' Tom Boyd compete in a ruck contest last year. Picture: Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty

AFL star announces shock retirement

WESTERN Bulldogs premiership player Tom Boyd has announced his surprise retirement at the tender age of 23.

The rising star revealed his decision on Thursday afternoon, citing the pressure of professional footy both physical and mental as the reason.

"My decision to retire now is a reflection of issues I've had over the past five years both with physical injury and with mental health, and they have now accumulated to a point where I just don't have the desire to play or the enjoyment of the game I used to have," Boyd said in a statement.

"I've spoken with key people at the Western Bulldogs and my close friends and family, and I am satisfied that this is the right decision for my future. I approached the club about my desire to retire and be released from my contract this week, and we have worked out a mutually agreeable position."

Boyd's decision comes after 61 AFL matches, including the Bulldogs' 2016 premiership triumph.

Tom Boyd has called it quits on his footy career. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty
Tom Boyd has called it quits on his footy career. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty

"I'm grateful to both to the Giants and the Bulldogs for allowing me the opportunity to experience playing football at the highest level," he said.

"I have received unbelievable support from the players, coaches and staff at the Western Bulldogs, particularly over the last couple of years, which I will always appreciate.

"Leaving the game as a premiership player is something I will always be proud of, along with all the enduring relationships I have forged and the memories I have created along the way."

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