Former Collingwood defender Meg Hutchins has announced her retirement from AFLW.
The 36-year-old made the announcement via Twitter writing:
"Although I still believe I have what it takes physically, mentally and skillfully to be a valued played within the competition, I have made the tough decision to retire from the AFLW."
I was one of the lucky ones that got the opportunity to play in the AFLW. There are a lot of greats who never got that chance, which is a travesty. I’m so thankful.— Meg Hutchins (@hutchy_25) June 12, 2018
Now it’s all about the VFLW Hawks 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/nlHw4DYTfB
Hutchins was instrumental in establishing Collingwood's AFLW team with her role as the Women's Football Operations Manager.
She joined the Club as a priority pick and fulfilling her childhood dream of playing for Collingwood when she made her debut in the inaugural AFLW match against Carlton.
Collingwood re-signed Hutchins for the 2018 season but she was delisted at the end of the 2018 season after the club announced they would not give her a contract for the 2019 season.
Hutchings will continue to be involved in the Hawthorn VFLW program