Bulldogs premiership hero Tom Boyd has retired from professional football effective immediately.
Boyd hangs up the boots at just 23 after battling recurring injuries and mental health issues.
You’ll always be a premiership Bulldog.— Western Bulldogs (@westernbulldogs) May 16, 2019
Go well, Tom! 🏆#MightyWest
Boyd was taken with pick one in the 2013 national draft and played 61 games across five seasons.
Nine of those games were for the Greater Western Sydney Giants, the remaining 52 were for the Western Bulldogs.
The 23-year-old played only 12 games last year and failed to play a game at the top level this year.
Boyd will be remembered predominantly for the role he played in the 2016 Grand Final in which The Bulldogs broke a 62-year premiership drought as they beat the Sydney Swans by 22 points.
Boyd kicked three crucial goals including the sealer from outside-50.
“The stadium holds it’s breath… it’s a goal!”
— Western Bulldogs (@westernbulldogs) May 16, 2019
Boyd was at the centre of a high-profile trade in 2014 which saw then-Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen and pick six in the 2014 draft go to the Giants in exchange for Boyd.
The Western Bulldogs signed him onto a deal $7 million over seven-year deal that drew criticism at the time.
Boyd’s decision to go comes after the retirement of another premiership hero this week with Richmond’s Shaun Grigg hanging up the boots after 214 games.
Both sides now have the opportunity to pick up replacement players in the mid-season draft on Monday the 27th of May.