Zephaniah Skinner has decided to retire from the Western Bulldogs after two years, drawn back to his remote community in Western Australia.
Skinner told his teammates today of his difficult decision to leave the club, despite being hugely grateful for the support the Bulldogs have given him since he was drafted in 2010.
The high-leaping forward, from Noonankabah in remote Western Australia, made a one-game debut last year and played another seven this season.
The club is disappointed to lose him, but told Skinner it understood how he was drawn to home and his family responsibilities there.
Skinner almost left the Dogs early this year, before being won over by new coach Brendan McCartney and returning to Melbourne, a move he had always found challenging.
The Bulldogs will now take an extra pick in either the national or preseason draft.