Tom Boyd announces immediate withdrawal from footy

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Bulldogs Premiership player Tom Boyd announced his surprise retirement at the tender age of 23 years.

The rising star revealed his decision Thursday afternoon, citing the pressure of both physical and mental professional football as the reason he pulled back.

"My decision to retire now is a reflection of the problems I have had in the last five years with both physical injuries and mental health problems, and now they have accumulated to a point where I have no desire to play or the enjoyment of the game I had, "said Boyd in a note.

"I talked to key people about Western Bulldogs and my close friends and family, and I am pleased that this is the right decision for my future. I approached the Club for my desire to retire and be released by the my contract this week, and we have come up with a mutually acceptable position. "

Boyd's decision comes after 61 games of the AFL, including the famous 2016 Bulldogs triumph. Probably the most memorable moment of the career forward was when he sank a huge 60-meter goal in the fourth quarter of the grand final, effectively closing Sydney out of the competition to seal the first Bulldog flag since 1954.

Boyd – a former draft number 1 draft – will not receive any payments beyond 2019, with the last two years of his contract being scrapped.

"I am grateful to both Giants and the Bulldogs for giving me the opportunity to try playing football at the highest level," said Boyd.

"I received tremendous support from players, coaches and staff from Western Bulldogs, especially in the last two years, which I will always appreciate.

"Leaving the game as a premiership player is something I will always be proud of, along with all the lasting relationships I have forged and the memories I created along the way."

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