Tegan Cunningham has called time on her AFL career.
The key tall shared the news on Tuesday, announcing her retirement after four years at the top level.
The decision concludes a 32-game career, in which she managed 25 goals.
Switching over from professional basketball, Cunningham joined the Demons with pick No.22 in the 2017 draft and made her debut the following season.
She went on to play every match for Melbourne, becoming an important part of the team’s structure up forward.
AFLW list manager Todd Patterson congratulated the 33-year-old on her fantastic achievements.
“Tegan has had a terrific career with us,” AFLW list manager Todd Patterson told Melbourne Media.
“It’s quite remarkable what she has achieved in the sport, given her background and we will forever be appreciative of her dedication and approach to the game.
“She will be sorely missed around the club but leaves as one of the more accomplished sportswomen in Australia, across two sports.
“We wish Tegan all the best in retirement.”
While the decision was hard to come by for Cunningham, she admits she is looking forward to the next phase.
“I have loved every second spent at Melbourne Football Club. The staff and playing group are the best in the business,” Cunningham said.
“Having played four years of college basketball, seven years of WNBL and four years of AFLW, that’s almost half my life dedicated to sport.
“As scary as it is, the time has come to explore new and exciting life challenges.”
Meanwhile, the Demons had a further list change on Tuesday, informing youngster Mietta Kendall that she will not be offered a contract for next season.
“Unfortunately, there is a requirement to turnover 10 percent of our list each season, which makes for some difficult decisions,” Patterson said.
“Given the timing of the season and opportunities that have arisen through the Sign and Trade Period, we have unfortunately had to farewell Mietta.
“Although Mietta didn’t play a game in her first season, she both showed huge promise and I’d expect her to be back in the competition sooner rather than later.”