Port Adelaide has confirmed that Matthew Broadbent will take a leave of absence from the game.
Power defender Broadbent will step away from football to focus on his mental health.
“Matthew is a valued player, teammate and person at the Port Adelaide Football Club. At this point, the best option for his overall health is to step away from the game for a while,” General Manager of Football Chris Davies told portadelaidefc.com.au.
“The club’s primary focus is on Matthew’s health and welfare and we will continue to provide him with the ongoing support he requires.
“We can’t say at this point how long that will be but he will be given as long as he needs.”
The 28-year-old veteran of 165 games spent nearly two years out of the game battling ankle and foot injuries before returning to action in the Showdown against Adelaide in Round 8 this season.
Broadbent's form has been solid this year, averaging more than 22 disposals across four games.