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Melbourne Demons star was knocked out in last year's finals  Concussion came on top of other problem head knocks  Starred in the team that won the 2021 premiership 

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Melbourne premiership player Angus Brayshaw has been forced to retire due to the concussion he suffered in last year's AFL finals.

The 28-year-old informed the club on Thursday he would be bowing out of football, effective immediately, after extensive neurological testing.

Brayshaw was concussed after Collingwood defender Brayden Maynard attempted to smother the Demons midfielder's kick in the first quarter of the qualifying final.

Maynard escaped suspension for the controversial bump, which divided the football world and prompted the AFL to tinker with rules on smothers.

'I am devastated that I can no longer play the game that I love, but I respect the verdict of the medical professionals, and the importance of putting my health before my career,' Brayshaw said.

Brayshaw (pictured last year) will be remembered by Demons fans for the courageous mark and goal that turned the tide in the club's 2021 grand final win

Brayshaw (pictured last year) will be remembered by Demons fans for the courageous mark and goal that turned the tide in the club's 2021 grand final win

The star is pictured being carted off in last year's finals series after he was knocked out by Collingwood's Brayden Maynard. The hit turned out to be the last straw for Brayshaw's career

The star is pictured being carted off in last year's finals series after he was knocked out by Collingwood's Brayden Maynard. The hit turned out to be the last straw for Brayshaw's career 

'I am really proud of what I have achieved over the past decade. I have been able to live out my childhood dream,

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