Favorite bomber Anthony MacDonald-Tipunguti has announced shock retirement

Ascendant star Anthony MacDonald-Tipunguti has retired.

The young forward, who has become one of the AFL’s favorite figures since making his debut for the Bombers in 2016, has dropped out of the game after scoring 126 games and 153 goals.

McDonald-Tipunguti has struggled with injuries and personal issues throughout the season, taking a leave of absence earlier in the year. As he returns to VFL level in recent weeks, he has decided to retire before returning to the AFL.

In a statement on Ascendon’s club website, McDonald-Tipunguti paid tribute to the bombers for giving them a chance and said he was ready to move on from the AFL.

“The bombers gave me a chance to fulfill my dream of playing in the AFL,” he said.

“I love my time at the club and I am proud of what I have achieved in my AFL career. I was also proud of my education, coming to Victoria was for my education and it was really important to me too.

“The club and my teammates have been very supportive throughout my career but I am really happy to be able to move on to the next chapter of my life. I am ready for life outside of football.

“I wish all the boys well for their future, I will watch from afar.”

McDonald-Tipunguti will be bade farewell during the Bombers’ annual Dreamtime in the ‘G’ match against Richmond this Saturday night.

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