Tom Scully retired from football with immediate effect at the age of 29.
Scully, the No.1 pick in the 2009 draft, briefed his Hawthorn teammates of the decision on Tuesday morning.
Scully had taken to leave for personal reasons just over a week ago, but has now finished his time in the AFL. His decision was confirmed in a hawthorn statement.
“It was an incredibly difficult decision for me because football has been such a big part of my life,” said Scully.
“I have been thinking about my future in the game for a long time and after much thought I have decided that this is the best time for me to step away and pursue other interests.
“After 11 seasons in the AFL, I understand the demands that this game places on you, and after careful consideration I know in my heart that I have lost the passion and commitment that are required of me to continue to compete. at AFL level.
“I am very grateful for all the opportunities and experiences that football has given me and I will take some memories and friendships of a lifetime.”
Drafted with the top pick by Melbourne, Scully also played for the Giants after being lured as a marquee signing to expansion club GWS.
He played 35 games in two seasons after being traded to Hawthorn and ended his AFL career with 189 games. He was entering the final season of a three-year contract with the Hawks.
Hawthorn interim director of football Rob McCartney said: “Tom has given his heart and soul to our game for 11 years and he is now ready to focus on the next chapter of his life.
“Tom’s work ethic and his dedication to improving himself has made him loved by everyone at our club and those qualities will certainly hold him in high place in life outside of the game.
“As the No. 1 draft pick and player of three clubs, Tom has been an outstanding contributor to the AFL game and should come away incredibly proud of the resilience and character he has shown over the years.
“We wish him the best for all that lies ahead and thank him for this contribution to brown and gold.”
Melbourne’s No.1 pick in 2008, Jack Watts, last year also retired with immediate effect from footy at 29, unable to recover from a leg injury. He played 174 AFL games, ending with a difficult 21-game stint at Port Adelaide.
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