The AFL career of Colin Sylvia is over after the former Demon agreed to part ways with Fremantle immediately despite having another year to run on his contract.
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Sylvia was expected to be a big signing for the Dockers when he joined the club on a three-year deal at the end of the 2013 season.
The talented midfielder played just six games for Fremantle in 2014 before being sent to the WAFL after failing to meet training standards.
Sylvia’s form failed to improve during his stint at Peel Thunder and Dockers confirmed that they had parted ways with the 29-year-old.
Fremantle football operations manager Chris Bond said Sylvia’s exit was in the interests of both parties.
“Colin has been working through a number of issues, including whether he was able to achieve and sustain the physical requirements needed to train and play at the elite level,” Bond said in a club statement.
“It is never an easy decision but, after discussions between Colin, his management and the club, it was agreed that his long-term interests would be best served by retiring from the AFL.
“The club, Colin and his management agreed that he leave Fremantle immediately.”
Sylvia said that whilst things hadn’t gone to plan at the Dockers, he was looking forward to the next stage of his life.
I would like to thank the Fremantle Football Club for the opportunity I was given to continue my AFL career after leaving Melbourne,” Sylvia said.
“While I have really enjoyed my time here, things haven’t gone entirely to plan in a football sense and I look forward to focusing on the next phase of my life.”
Sylvia was selected at pick 3 of the 2003 Draft by Melbourne and went on to play 157 games with the Demons, kicking 129 goals.