Collingwood’s Levi Greenwood has been forced into retirement, as he prioritises his health after a series of concussions over trying to return to the footy field.
The 32-year-old has been a valuable cog both at the Magpies (86 games, 2015-21) and North Melbourne (74 games, 2008-14), but hasn’t played since Round 5 when he suffered a concussion against West Coast.
While Greenwood has overcome his symptoms, it was yet another head knock suffered on the footy field, and he has opted to hang up the boots after consulting with club and external doctors.
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“Levi has been as disciplined and consistent as it gets in his approach to training, and it’s allowed him to line up and battle with some of the best midfielders in the game,” Magpies GM of football Graham Wright said.
“While I am sure Levi’s teammates and the supporters will miss the tough and uncompromising competitor he was, we’re grateful that his rich football knowledge and experience will remain at the club as he steps into a part-time coaching role and continues to work with the rehab group.
“The club thanks Levi for his unwavering commitment and contribution as a player.”
Greenwood was selected with Pick 32 in the 2007 draft by North Melbourne, then being traded to Collingwood in exchange for Pick 25 in the 2014 off-season.
He featured in the 2018 Grand Final side, and will now take up a part-time role at the Holden Centre.
“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for two clubs in North Melbourne and Collingwood, and have the support of my teammates, coaches, staff and the fans over the past 14 years,” Greenwood said.
“It was great to be able to thank the players and staff at the club today, and I am looking forward to extending my appreciation and reminiscing with those that have supported me across my career. Bucks’ being one, who particularly over the last few years has been an incredible coach and friend.
“Stepping away from my playing career will be a readjustment, however I’m excited for the opportunity to work as a VFL coach and assist with rehab for the remainder of the season, allowing me to put my health and my family first.”