Forward Tom Faul has announced his retirement from NEAFL football after 69 games for Ainslie, GWS and Canberra.
Faul informed the playing group of his decision prior to last month's encounter with Redland at Scottsdale Park.
The 23-year-old calls time on a NEAFL career which spanned six seasons, starting via the GWS Giants Academy in 2014.
“It’s been well and truly the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” Faul said.
“It’s probably been coming for a little bit.
"I need a break from football and after speaking with family, friends and the coaching staff, I’m one hundred percent sure it’s the right decision for me.”
Faul arrived at Canberra as a foundation player at the end of 2015, making his club debut in Round 13, 2016.
His story is one of hardship and persistence, with the much-loved clubman coming back from several injury setbacks over the duration of his NEAFL career.
“It’s extremely saddening for all of us to see Tom’s NEAFL career end,” Canberra General Manager of Football Shaun Young canberrademons.com.au.
“He's a much-loved and admired team-mate and person around the club.
“We all admire him for fighting through the many setbacks he faced with his body during his career, and his determination to overcome adversity to be there for his team-mates."
The club wish Tom all the best for the next phase of his life, and look forward to maintaining our friendships with him and supporting him in his future endeavours.
Games Played: 69
Giants - 11 Ainslie – 7
Canberra - 51