Adelaide Crows Training Session
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: Fischer McAsey of the Crows marks in front of Darcy Fogarty of the Crows during an Adelaide Crows AFL training session at AAMI Park on May 25, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Adelaide youngster Fischer McAsey has called time on his spell with Adelaide, deciding to step away from the AFL after losing his passion for the game.

McAsey was granted personal leave from the club in November last year to return to his home state of Victoria to be with family.

The club confirmed on Monday that the 21-year-old has decided to call time on his AFL career, with McAsey thanking the club for their support over three years at West Lakes.

“Unfortunately, I have lost a lot of the enjoyment and desire to improve which is required to make it at the top level,” McAsey said in a club statement.

“It has been an extremely difficult decision to come to, and one that I haven't taken lightly, but through discussions with close friends and family, the Club and my management, I feel that it is the right decision for my long-term future and well-being.

“I am very grateful to the Club for their support and allowing me some time to reflect on where I want to be moving forward.

“There has been a large number of people who have worked very hard on my development as a player and person, and for that I'm highly appreciative.

AFL Rd 6 - West Coast v Adelaide
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: Fischer McAsey of the Crows challenges for the mark during the round 6 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows at The Gabba on July 11, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

“Not everyone will understand the decision, but I'm comfortable with the path that I'm headed, and am excited by the ability to pursue other interests.

“I will always be thankful to the Crows for giving me the opportunity to live out a boyhood dream, and I wish everyone at the Club the best for 2023 and beyond.”

McAsey played 10 matches for Adelaide after being taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 National Draft, with his last match coming in his debut season of 2020.