After playing 160 games for both North Melbourne and Collingwood, Levi Greenwood has put a full stop on his playing career today.
The 32-year-old made the decision after ongoing discussions with club doctors and consulting concussion specialists outside of the club following a concussion in Round five.
Greenwood was involved in a heavy collision with West Coast's Nic Naitanui and suffered delayed concussion symptoms which subsequently ruled him out of the following week’s Anzac Day clash.
Greenwood has since overcome his symptoms, however with a history of concussions has decided to prioritise his health and hang up the boots.
Collingwood GM of Football Graham Wright thanked Greenwood for his contribution as a Magpies player and looked forward to his contribution as a part-time coach at the club.
“Levi has been as disciplined and consistent as it gets in his approach to training, and it’s allowed him to line up and battle with some of the best midfielders in the game,” Wright said.
“While I am sure Levi’s teammates and the supporters will miss the tough and uncompromising competitor he was, we’re grateful that his rich football knowledge and experience will remain at the club as he steps into a part-time coaching role and continues to work with the rehab group.
“The club thanks Levi for his unwavering commitment and contribution as a player.”
Greenwood was selected by North Melbourne with pick 32 in the 2007 National Draft and arrived at Collingwood during the 2014 trade period in exchange for pick 25.
The midfielder will finish up having played 74 games with North Melbourne and 86 for Collingwood, kicking a total of 57 goals and averaging four tackles per match.
Greenwood thanked his teammates and coaches during a meeting today.
“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for two clubs in North Melbourne and Collingwood, and have the support of my teammates, coaches, staff and the fans over the past 14 years,” Greenwood said.
“It was great to be able to thank the players and staff at the club today, and I am looking forward to extending my appreciation and reminiscing with those that have supported me across my career. Bucks’ being one, who particularly over the last few years has been an incredible coach and friend.
“Stepping away from my playing career will be a readjustment, however I’m excited for the opportunity to work as a VFL coach and assist with rehab for the remainder of the season, allowing me to put my health and my family first.”