Western Bulldogs premiership hero Tom Boyd has retired from the AFL, effective immediately, citing the burden of physical and mental health issues for his decision to walk away.
Boyd, 23, announced his decision on Thursday after negotiating a release with the Bulldogs.
“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,” Boyd said via a Bulldogs statement.
“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.
“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 played 61 games for the Giants and Bulldogs after making his AFL debut in 2014.