Premiership Bulldog Kirsten McLeod has called time on her AFLW career after eight seasons in the red, white and blue.
A foundation player, McLeod was selected at Pick 28 in the 2016 National Draft, playing 39 games and kicking 25 goals during her stellar career, while facing adversity with long-term injuries.
The 29-year-old will forever be linked to the Club after kicking a goal in the 2018 Premiership triumph, playing four games in that season.
McLeod was grateful for the opportunity to play at the highest level.
“I’d like to thank the club for the past eight seasons at the Club, my footy journey was far from a smooth one, but I am very grateful for the opportunity that I was given to be a part of this great club,” she said.
“The decision to step away from football wasn’t easy but after having extensive discussions with the medical team and neurologists I’ve decided it’s best to put my health first.
“Thank you to everyone staff, players, family, friends and of course the supporters.
I’ll cherish all the memories that I’ve had at this club especially the 2018 Premiership. If anyone needs me, I’ll be playing touch footy.”
Executive Director of Football Chris Grant congratulated McLeod on a memorable career.
“Kirsten has been a fantastic teammate over her eight years at the Bulldogs and will be sorely missed by everyone in the red, white and blue,” Grant said.
“She’ll forever be a part of the Bulldogs family having reached the ultimate success in 2018.”
“We thank Kirsten for the amazing contribution she’s given to the program and wish her all the best for the next chapter.”