BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 19: Jaden McGrath looks on during a Brisbane Lions AFL training session at Giffin Park on February 19, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brisbane youngster Jaden McGrath has announced his retirement from AFL football.

Despite being contracted until 2018, McGrath this week walked away from the game after losing the passion for play in the AFL.

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“It’s a difficult choice to make but I want to be honest with myself and with the Club – and I just don’t have the desire to continue at the elite level,” McGrath said.

“Football is something I love and I want to get back to a place where I can enjoy the game again.

“I’d like to thank my family and friends for all their support, and the Club for giving me an opportunity to have a crack at AFL footy.”

McGrath was recruited with pick 73 in the 2014 National Draft and played three games in two seasons with the Lions. His three senior games were in the first three rounds of season 2015, before he suffered stress fractures in his foot, ruling him out for the remainder of the year.

He managed just two games in the NEAFL this season, after more injury setbacks this year.