Collingwood Magpies veteran Levi Greenwood has introduced his instant retirement from AFL footy.
The former Kangaroo suffered a concussion in spherical 5 and hasn’t performed since.
Upon consulting with medical workers on the membership, the 32-year-old determined the time was proper to hold up the boots.
“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for two clubs in North Melbourne and Collingwood, and have the support of my teammates, coaches, staff and the fans over the past 14 years,” Greenwood stated in a press release on Monday.
“It was great to be able to thank the players and staff at the club today, and I am looking forward to extending my appreciation and reminiscing with those that have supported me across my career. ‘Bucks’ (former Magpies coach Nathan Buckley) being one, who particularly over the last few years has been an incredible coach and friend.
“Stepping away from my playing career will be a readjustment, however I’m excited for the opportunity to work as a VFL coach and assist with rehab for the remainder of the season, allowing me to put my health and my family first.”
Selected by North Melbourne with the thirty second choose of the 2007 National Draft, Greenwood chalked up 160 senior appearances throughout his profession.
He made the transfer to Collingwood in 2015 and was a part of the Pies’ 2018 Grand Final-losing aspect.
Greenwood will proceed to work with the Magpies in a part-time teaching position.
On behalf of the membership, Collingwood’s normal supervisor of soccer Graham Wright thanked Greenwood for his on area contributions.
“Levi has been as disciplined and consistent as it gets in his approach to training, and it’s allowed him to line up and battle with some of the best midfielders in the game,” Wright stated.
“While I am sure Levi’s teammates and the supporters will miss the tough and uncompromising competitor he was, we’re grateful that his rich football knowledge and experience will remain at the club as he steps into a part-time coaching role and continues to work with the rehab group.
“The club thanks Levi for his unwavering commitment and contribution as a player.”
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