Veteran Sydney defender Heath Grundy has announced his retirement from AFL football with immediate effect.
Grundy, 32, hasn’t played since the Round 1 loss to the Western Bulldogs due to a persistent back injury.
Swans coach John Longmire paid tribute to the champion Swan following his decision to call time on his 256-game career.
“Heath has been an unbelievable servant of our club for a long time and there’s no doubt he will be missed,” Longmire told sydneyswans.com.au.
“In terms of leadership, Heath set an example for all of us with his meticulous preparation, dedication and passion for his craft.
“Each week he’d line up on the opposition’s most damaging and biggest forward – and he’d just get the job done.
“He’s a premiership player and a champion of our club. We wish Heath, Elise, Reggie and Jameson all the best for the next phase of life.”
Grundy played a key role in Sydney’s premiership in 2012 and holds the record for the most games by a Swans rookie.