Tom Boyd has explained why he decided to leave junior club Norwood for VAFA powerhouse St Kevin’s.
Boyd, a Western Bulldogs premiership player in 2016, played six games for the Eastern Football League side after announcing his AFL retirement in May.
The 24-year-old confirmed his move to St Kevin’s on Tuesday night amid interest from fellow first division VAFA club Old Trinity.
Speaking on SEN’s Bob and Andy, Boyd says the move “wasn’t without some serious deliberation”.
“I’ve probably been in this process for the past two or three months and I’ve taken my time and looked at two or three options,” Boyd said.
“To be honest, it was hard to leave Norwood, the club has been in my veins since I was a young kid and mu father played there and captained-coached a premiership.
“At this stage in my professional career I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot of people I need to try and pick their brains, and the way that St Kevin’s came to me and presented … the opportunities that will arise being within the community at SKOBs … they were just really professional the whole way through.
"You can only make decisions based on your gut feeling and my gut said to go with them.
"Surrounding myself with people who can best help my development on and off the field in a number of different areas was the enticing part."
Boyd, a former No.1 draft pick, called time on his 61-game AFL career citing physical and mental health issues.
St Kevin's were beaten by University Blues in this year's VAFA Premier Grand Final after winning back-to-back flags in 2017 and 2018.
Listen to Tom Boyd’s chat on SEN’s Bob and Andy in the player below