Premiership swingman Ryan Schoenmakers has called time on his AFL career.
After injury restricted him to just six VFL matches for the 2019 season, Schoenmakers made the difficult decision to hang up the boots.
The veteran paid homage to all those who played a part in his 11-year AFL journey, saying he knows the time is right to close this chapter.
“I have spent almost half my life at this football club and have made some incredible friendships along the way,” Schoenmakers said.
“I am so grateful for all the opportunities the club has given me.
“My football journey hasn’t been without its challenges, but each hurdle has helped shape me into the person I am today.
“The last 12 months in particular have been difficult on the injury front, which has helped me come to the decision that it’s time to pursue the next step in my career.
“I feel privileged that I can hang up the boots as a one-club player and a life member of the Hawthorn Football Club.”
Senior Coach Alastair Clarkson thanked the 28-year-old for his commitment to the club that spanned over a decade.
“Schoey has been an incredible servant of the brown and gold,” Clarkson said.
“He is a terrific clubman who’s held in high regard by his teammates and he’ll certainly be missed.
“He finishes his career a premiership player and a life member of the Hawthorn Football Club, which is a testament to his hard work and professionalism over the journey.
“We wish Schoey all the best in his next chapter.”
After being drafted with Pick 16 in 2008, Schoenmakers played 121 games for the Hawks, culminating in the 2015 premiership. He was awarded life membership in 2018 in recognition of 10 years of service.