Bulldog actor Tom Boyd announced his sudden retirement at the age of 23.
The rising star revealed his decision Thursday afternoon, quoting the physical and mental stress of the cause.
"My decision to quit now is a reflection of the problems I've had over the last five years with both physical injury and mental health, and they've now gained a point where I just do not have the desire to play or enjoy the game I had in the past," Boyd said in a statement.
"I spoke to key people in the West Bulldog and close friends and family, and I am pleased that this is the right decision for my future.
Boyd's decision comes after 61 AFL matches, including the famous Bulldog 2016 Premier victory. Arguably the most memorable moment of career forward career was when he sank a huge 60m goal in the fourth quarter of the Grand Final, effectively closing the Sydney off-competition to seal the first flag of the bulldogs since 1954.
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Boyd – former draft No. 1 – will not receive any payment beyond 2019, with two years of his final contract being scrapped.
"I am grateful to both the Giants and the Bulldogs for allowing me the opportunity to experience a football game of the highest standard," said Boyd.
"I got unbelievable support from the players, coaches and staff of Western bulldogs, especially during the last few years, which I always appreciate.
"Leaving the game as prime minister is something I will always be proud of, along with all the ongoing relationships I have forged and the memories I have created along the way."