Tigers youngster Reece McKenzie retires from AFL

Richmond youngster Reece McKenzie has announced his retirement from AFL football after battling mental health issues.

The 20-year-old has spent around 18-months on the Tigers’ list after being selected with pick No. 77 in the 2014 National Draft.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Easton Wood of the Bulldogs competes for the ball against Reece McKenzie of the Tigers (R) during the NAB Challenge AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers at Whitten Oval on February 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 28: Easton Wood of the Bulldogs competes for the ball against Reece McKenzie of the Tigers (R) during the NAB Challenge AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers at Whitten Oval on February 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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He was placed on the club’s long term injury list last month, but has since opted to retire from the game.

“The club understands Reece’s decision and wishes both him and his family all the best in his football career and future endeavours,” the Tigers said in a statement on the club’s website.

The 197cm key forward did not play a senior game for the club.

He has applied to play for VAFA club, Marcellin Old Collegians.

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