MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Hannah Scott of the Bulldogs in action during the 2019 NAB AFLW Round 06 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on March 09, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Western Bulldogs premiership defender Hannah Scott has announced her AFLW retirement.

Taken by the Dogs with Pick 21 in 2016, the reliable half-back has spent six years at Whitten Oval - dating back to the 2015 AFLW exhibition game.

Despite a bothersome quad ailment that kept her out of action all season in 2022, Scott is leaving the game on peaceful terms.

"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 [on] 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."

Bulldogs GM of women's football, Debbie Lee, expressed her appreciation for Scott's contributions throughout her time at the club.

"As one of our inaugural Bulldogs, we can't thank 'Scotty' enough for what she brought to the team and the Club - she has made it a better place. She is a much-loved player, and her teammates will surely miss having her care, warmth and laughter around," Lee said.

"While it was unfortunate to see injuries get in her way this season, to retire as a premiership player and All-Australian defender is something not many can say.

"Her journey has been exceptional and she is one of very few players who have been a part of the AFLW generational change.

"We thank 'Scotty' for her investment and contributions to our program, and wish her all the very best for the future."