Richmond midfielder/forward Meagan Kiely has called time on her AFLW career after three seasons in the yellow and black.
Kiely, 28, played 19 senior games for Richmond after being selected with pick No. 48 overall at the 2021 AFLW Draft via North Melbourne VFL.
The Tasmanian product had to work incredibly hard to earn a place on an AFLW list, moving across three states to follow her AFLW dream and twice being a train-on player at North Melbourne and GWS, respectively.
Kiely played 18 of a possible 22 matches in her first two seasons at the Club but managed just one match this year due to back and foot injuries.
Kiely thanked the Club and its “incredible people” for the profound impact they had made on her.
“It has been an honour to pull on the yellow and black and represent our people and the Tiger Army for the past three seasons,” she said.
“I am filled with pride and gratitude for the experience the Club has provided me, and I am thankful for the lifelong friendships I have made along the way.”
Kiely said she had grown and developed as a footballer and a person during her time at Richmond, learning to never give up on things that she is passionate about.
“It has been a difficult decision to step away from such a phenomenal group, but unfortunately, for now, my body needs a break,” she explained.
“I cannot thank the football club enough for making my a dream, a reality.”
Richmond Head of Women’s Football, Kate Sheahan paid tribute to Kiely.
“Meagan worked exceptionally hard to earn an AFLW contract and once on our list, she was quick to become an important part of our program,” she said.
“For three years she was a very popular figure around the place and was able to play a number of roles for the team.
“Her AFLW career is a credit to the hard work she put in behind the scenes and we thank her for her contribution to Richmond.”