Injury has forced Hawthorn’s premiership swingman Ryan Schoenmakers to call time on his AFL career.
Restricted to just six VFL matches for the 2019 season due to ongoing calf problems, Schoenmakers says the time is right to retire after 11 years and 121 games.
“I have spent almost half my life at this football club and have made some incredible friendships along the way,” the 28-year-old said.
“My football journey hasn’t been without its challenges, but each hurdle has helped shape me into the person I am today.
“The last 12 months in particular have been difficult on the injury front, which has helped me come to the decision that it’s time to pursue the next step in my career.”
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson thanked Schoenmakers, who was a key part of their 2015 premiership victory.
“Schoey has been an incredible servant of the brown and gold,” Clarkson said.
“He is a terrific clubman who’s held in high regard by his teammates and he’ll certainly be missed.”