Canberra forward Josh Bennett will sit out the 2019 NEAFL season due to an ongoing knee condition, although he has not ruled out the possibility of resuming his playing career in 2020.
The 28-year-old fronted the Canberra playing group last week and confirmed that his battered body had forced him to call a premature end to his 2019 season.
He was expected to play a significant role for Canberra this year but bows out having struggled to train since re-joining the club in November of 2018.
Bennett has battled with knee issues for the past three seasons and says his latest injury, made playing on this season almost impossible.
"I've had problems with my knee for many years and obviously had the operation last year,
If I continued playing this season there was potential to do more damage and for me it's not worth the risk," Bennett said.
Bennett first arrived at the Demons' from Ainslie in 2017 and leaves the NEAFL as one of the most intimidating forward's the competition has seen.
Canberra's General Manager of Football Shaun Young praised the resilience of Bennett ahead of Canberra's clash with Redland this weekend.
"To lose a player of his calibre is no doubt a blow, but as he said to his teammates when he spoke to them last week he has enormous faith in our guys to step up and fill the void."
"The club, our medical staff, coaches and the players will support him through this period and with whatever comes in the future."