Essendon star Conor McKenna has retired effective immediately.
The 24-year-old defender will return home to Ireland and informed his teammates of his decision on Tuesday morning.
“I do really feel the time is now right for me to return home to Ireland,” McKenna said.
“I’ve made no secret of the fact that at some point, I’d want to be returning home to my family and I’ve been weighing up the decision recently. It’s been a difficult year for everyone, but it’s also been a chance to take stock and weigh up several things in my life, so the time is right.
“I will always be grateful for Essendon’s support of both myself and my family since I arrived at the club from the other side of the world at the end of 2014.