Gold Coast Sun and former West Coast Eagle Matt Rosa has this morning called time on his AFL career.
Rosa, 31, played 207 games after making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2005.
Recruited by the Eagles with selection 29 in the 2004 NAB AFL Draft, Rosa played 168 games, including seven finals appearances with the club. The 2015 AFL Grand Final would be Rosa’s last game for the Eagles, with the midfielder seeking a trade to the Gold Coast SUNS following the Eagles 2015 finals campaign.
The SUNS traded selection 36 to West Coast to secure the experienced Rosa and he went on to play 39 games during his three seasons on the Coast.
Rosa told his SUNS teammates of his decision to retire from the game on Tuesday morning after suffering a syndesmosis injury which will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the 2018 season.
In an open letter to fans posted on goldcoastfc.com.au, Rosa wrote about his decision and took the opportunity to thank those who had influenced him during his football career.
"It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to retire from AFL football," he said today.
"Unfortunately, my body has been telling me for some time that it can no longer cope with the demands of the game at the highest level.
“The game has given myself, my family and friends so much enjoyment over the journey and I have been so fortunate to live my childhood dream for 14 years.
“There are many people I would like to thank for their support through the rollercoaster ride of ups and downs that playing AFL football provides."
General Manager – Football Operations Jon Haines, thanked Rosa and his family, wife Haley and son Otis, for their contribution to the Gold Coast Suns.
“Matt has been able to provide some great experience and leadership to our group over the past three seasons, continually endeavouring to drive good standards throughout the club,” Haines said.
“He’s been a great player throughout his career, a professional when it comes to looking after his body, which led to him being able to play over 200 games.
“On behalf of the club, we would like to thank Matt and his family for their contribution to the Gold Coast SUNS and we wish them all the best in the future.”