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McDonald-Tipungwuti retires



Essendon forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has announced his retirement from AFL football, effective immediately.


The 29 year old hasn't featured at AFL level this season after taking personal leave earlier this year, having played 126 consecutive games from his debut in 2016 to round 21 last season.


"The Bombers gave me the opportunity to fulfil my dream of playing AFL," McDonald-Tipungwuti said.


"I have loved my time at the club and I am so proud of what I have been able to achieve in my AFL career.


"I am also proud of my education, coming to Victoria was to pursue my education and that has been really important for me too.


"The club and my teammates have been extremely supportive throughout my whole career but I feel really happy to be moving on to the next chapter of my life now.


"I'm ready for life beyond football. I wish all the boys the best for their future, I'll be watching on from afar."


McDonald-Tipungwuti was raised on the Tiwi Islands before moving to Victoria at the age of 17 in the pursuit of an AFL career.


The small forward informed team mates of his decision on Friday ahead of the annual Dreamtime at the G match, having kicked 153 goals in 126 games for the Bombers.


IMAGE: The Australian.