Collingwood's Dayne Beams steps away from the AFL for an indefinite period as he continues to concentrate on his mental health, saying it and football feel like "competing priorities".
"Trying to improve my quality of life and meet the demands of playing and training for football at the elite level continues to be a struggle," Beams said in a club statement released on Friday.
"My health and football have come to feel like competing priorities, which is not a position that is helping or enabling me to meet my responsibilities.
"I have been trying to meet this challenge for a number of years but, with a series of debilitating recent injuries and my mental health a work in progress, I have reached a point where I know that stepping away from football is necessary.
"I want to thank all who have supported me and my family. I look forward to a brighter future."
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