Gold Coast Suns forward Timmy Sumner has walked away from professional football aged just 20.
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The Suns tried to restore the small forward’s hunger to play at AFL level, however after being granted personal leave for a month, the youngster informed officials of his decision.
According to AFL.com.au, Sumner was involved in a meeting with the Suns and the AFL Players’ Association in Adelaide on Friday, before he made his final decsion.
Gold Coast football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft said that while the club was dissapointed to lose Sumner, it was committed to helping him adjust to life outside of football.
We completely understand Timmy’s position, and have been working with him and his manager for some time assisting where we could off the field in a bid to reignite his passion for AFL,” Ashcroft said in a club statement.
“Although disappointed to lose Timmy, we will assist him in his transition to life away from the Gold Coast SUNS and wish him every success in the future,” Ashcroft said.
Sumner was selected at pick no.55 in the 2012 AFL Draft and made his debut against Geelong at Simonds Stadium in Round 10 of the 2013 season.
Since then, Sumner went on to make a further 16 appearances for the Suns, kicking six goals.