Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

Essendon forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has retired, declaring he is at peace with the decision.

McDonald-Tipungwuti has not played at senior level this season, having taken personal leave earlier this year.

Essendon's Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has retired.

Essendon’s Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has retired.Credit:Getty Images

While he returned via the VFL in recent weeks, there was speculation he would not play at senior level again.

The dynamic small forward, having booted 153 goals in 126 senior matches, told teammates on Friday morning of his decision.

Sources close to the Bombers say he is at peace with the decision and is the happiest he has been for some time.

McDonald-Tipungwuti, raised on the Tiwi Islands where he grew up playing for the Tiwi Bombers, shifted to Victoria at the age of 17 in the hope of playing in the AFL.

He played six seasons for the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup and for Essendon’s VFL side, before he was rookie-listed by the Bombers at the end of 2015.

McDonald-Tipungwuti said he was delighted to have lived his dream.

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