Hawthorn midfielder Tom Scully has announced his retirement, effective immediately.

Scully, 29, announced last week he would be taking time away from the club due to personal reasons and has since spoken to teammates to inform them of his decision to call time on his career.

The former Demons and Giants onballer played 187 games across three clubs after being taken with the No.1 draft pick in 2009.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision for me to make as football has been such a big part of my life,” Scully said, per hawthornfc.com.au.

“I have been thinking for a long period of time now as to my future in the game, and after much consideration I have decided now is the best time for me to step away and pursue other interests.

“After 11 seasons in the AFL I understand the demands that this game requires of you, and after much thought I know in my heart I have lost the passion and commitment that is required of me to continue to compete at AFL level.

“I am so grateful for all the opportunities and experiences that football has given me and I will take away some lifelong memories and friendships.

“I have been fortunate enough to work with some incredible people across my journey and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. In particular, I would like to thank the Melbourne FC, GWS Giants and Hawthorn FC for the opportunity to represent your respective clubs. Also thank you to my manager Mark Kleiman and TLA for looking after me throughout my career.

“Lastly, I would like to thank my wife, my family and friends for your ongoing love and support throughout my career. I appreciate you all and I look forward to the future with much optimism and excitement.”

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