Hawthorn veteran Tegan Cunningham has called time on her AFLW career.

The 35-year-old announced her decision to teammates on Tuesday, having played 40 games for Melbourne and Hawthorn across five seasons.

After being a two-time leading goal kicker for the Demons in 2018 and 2019, Cunningham joined the Hawks ahead of their inaugural season in 2022.

The versatile tall missed just two games in her first year in the brown and gold, averaging six disposals, two marks and two tackles, while playing as a forward, defender, and ruck.

Cunningham also had a distinguished WNBL career spanning across seven seasons, which included winning a championship with the Dandenong Rangers in 2012.

“I’ll always look back fondly on my time in the AFLW, I was very lucky to play for two great clubs in Hawthorn and Melbourne,” Cunningham said.

“I’d like to thank all my teammates and coaches over the journey for helping me play at the highest level, and of course our members and fans for cheering me along.”

Hawthorn General Manager of Football Operations Max Bailey acknowledged Cunningham’s contribution to the club.

“Having been one of our most experienced players during her time at Hawthorn, Tegan's impact has been felt both on and off the field,” Bailey said.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to thank Tegan for her service and wish her well in her next chapter.”

Watch Tegan announce the news to the team below.