Western Bulldogs forward Sam Lloyd has announced his retirement from the AFL after 89 games with the Tigers and Bulldogs.

Lloyd made his debut with Richmond in 2014 after being drafted as a mature age recruit and went on to boot 114 goals between his stints at Punt Road and Whitten Oval.

“I’ve thought long and hard about this decision over the last few weeks and months, and have come to the realisation that the time is right for me to hang up the boots,” Lloyd said, per the club website.

“I have a chance to pursue some exciting business opportunities outside of the football industry, and I’m keen to take on a different challenge.

“Playing AFL has been an amazing experience, and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved on the field.  My journey wasn’t conventional, but I’m just honoured to have played at the highest level.

“I’m extremely grateful to have represented two great clubs, who have given me the chance to live out a boyhood dream.

“I’m thankful to everyone who’s helped me along the road on my football journey.  I’ve loved my team-mates and coaches at both clubs, and I can’t thank them enough for the memories and lessons they’ve taught me.”

“We understand and respect Sam’s decision to announce his retirement, on his terms,” said Bulldogs’ General Manager of List and Recruiting, Sam Power.

“Sam should be extremely proud of what he’s achieved over his career, both at Richmond and the Bulldogs.

“Over the last two years Sam has been a strong leader for our young group, and he has proven to be a respected and admired team-mate.  He was a key part of our drive towards making the finals in 2019.

“We wish him all the best for the next phase of his life, and he knows he will always be welcome at our club.”

Lloyd's decision will mean the Bulldogs will have an available list spot ahead of the 2021 season.