Brisbane Lions player Jaden McGrath runs during training.
Brisbane Lions player Jaden McGrath runs during training. DAN PELED

Young Lion pulls plug on AFL career

AFL: Promising Brisbane Lions midfielder Jaden McGrath has called time on his AFL career after just two years and three senior games in the system.

McGrath, still just 20 and contracted until the end of 2018, has cited a loss of motivation, brought on by ongoing injury issues, as the reason behind his shock decision.

"It's a difficult choice to make but I want to be honest with myself and with the club - and I just don't have the desire to continue at the elite level,” McGrath said in a statement.

"Football is something I love and I want to get back to a place where I can enjoy the game again.

"I'd like to thank my family and friends for all their support, and the club for giving me an opportunity to have a crack at AFL footy.”

McGrath was drafted from country Victoria at the end of 2014, and played the first three games of the 2015 season before suffering a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his foot.

Lions football manager David Noble said the club would continue to provide McGrath with support if needed.

"We really appreciate Jaden's honesty and as a club we are committed to support him as he settles into life outside football,” he said.

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