Carlton recruit Tom Bugg has announced his shock retirement from AFL football with immediate effect.
Bugg, 25, joined the Blues as a rookie in November last year, but informed teammates today of his decision to walk away from the game.
“My life away from football has changed in a very short period of time which has been the reason behind this tough decision,” Bugg told Carlton’s official website.
“The players and staff at Carlton have been so welcoming and supportive to me, I cannot thank them enough.
“Everyone is working incredibly hard to take the Club back to where it needs to be, you see that every day when you walk through the door.”
Head of Football Brad Lloyd revealed the club will look to replace Bugg via the AFL’s new pre-season supplementary rule.
“While we are comfortable with Tom’s decision and wish him well for the future, our club will continue to move forward and be unwavering in our determination to bring success to the Carlton Football Club,” Lloyd said.
“The new AFL rules are perfect for situations such as this. We now have an opportunity to add a player to our group who will be a valuable contributor to our football club.”
Bugg played 96 games for GWS and Melbourne after making his AFL debut in 2012.