FORMER All-Australian defender and Western Bulldogs premiership player Hannah Scott has retired.
The 32-year-old played 32 games over her six years at the Bulldogs, with injuries preventing her from taking to the field this year.
She is the second retirement at Whitten Oval this season, following the decision of Ash Guest to hang up the boots.
Scott cited the difficulties of combining work in construction and footy as one of the influencing factors behind the call.
"The decision was always one that scared me, until one day it didn't – I found myself reflecting a fair bit and came to a place of peace with walking away from the game," Scott said.
"It's hard to explain unless you've been through it, but I just had a sense of realisation wash over me - knowing that it was my time as I had given what I was meant to give to the game.
"Working a physically demanding job in construction puts your body at a higher risk of not only injury, but also mental, physical and emotional fatigue. Managing that football-work balance got harder, and I felt I was compromising both in the end. I had no time to do anything outside of the two, which put a strain not only on me, but my loved ones too.
"I'll miss my teammates and the people around the club most – you're there so often and all working towards one goal that you become a second family.
"When you include the exhibition matches, I've essentially been with the Bulldogs for eight years, so it'll be a huge change in my life."
THE CLASS OF 2022: AFLW RETIREES
- Danielle Higgins (Geelong)
- Katie Loynes (GWS)
- Tayla Bresland (West Coast)
- Andrea Gilmore (West Coast)
- Courtney Guard (West Coast)
- Ash Guest (Western Bulldogs)
- Hannah Scott (Western Bulldogs)