Gold Coast Suns player Matt Rosa has officially decided to hang up the boots after 14 years in the AFL.
The 31-year-old told his teammates of the decision on Tuesday morning after struggling with an ankle injury which would have kept him sidelined for the rest of the 2018 season regardless.
“Unfortunately, my body has been telling me for some time that it can no longer cope with the demands of the game at the highest level,” Rosa said.
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“The game has given myself, my family and friends so much enjoyment over the journey and I have been so fortunate to live my childhood dream for 14 years.
“To my teammates I’ve played with over the years, thank you for the memories. I’ll miss the laughs and the sweat we shared but I look forward to keeping in touch and following your journeys.”
Rosa has played 207 games since making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2005.
The majority of those games were played for the West Coast Eagles, with the midfielder seeking a trade to the Gold Coast after the Eagles 2015 finals campaign.
He went on to play 39 games during his three seasons with the Suns.
“To the Gold Coast SUNS thank you for the opportunity to play with an exciting young group. My family and I have loved our time at the football club and we will certainly cherish the relationships we have made. We wish the club every success for the future and look forward to seeing the young talent flourish and grow together,” Rosa said.
General Manager – Football Operations Jon Haines, thanked Rosa and his family, wife Haley and son Otis, for their contribution to the club.
“Matt has been able to provide some great experience and leadership to our group over the past three seasons, continually endeavouring to drive good standards throughout the club,” Haines said.
“He’s been a great player throughout his career, a professional when it comes to looking after his body, which led to him being able to play over 200 games.
“On behalf of the club, we would like to thank Matt and his family for their contribution to the Gold Coast Suns and we wish them all the best in the future.”