Carlton rookie Tomas Bugg has announced his retirement, effective immediately.
Bugg, who was handed an AFL lifeline by the Blues in last year's rookie draft, said his decision to step away was due to growing interests outside the game, leaving him with a lack of desire to play 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 said.
“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.”
Carlton's head of football Brad Lloyd said the club will look to explore ways to replace him on their list.
“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,” he 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.”