Bríd Stack has revealed that she will miss the rest of the AFLW season as her recovery from a neck fracture continues.
The 11-time All-Ireland winner joined Greater Western Sydney Giants this year but suffered the serious injury in a warm-up game against the Adelaide Crows in January.
Crows' player Ebony Marinoff was initially suspended for three games for colliding with Stack but was later cleared on appeal.
Stack has been rehabilitating but, writing in The Irish Examiner, she said doctors told her this week that she shouldn't return to contact training for another month, ruling her out of making any appearances for GWS before the season ends in April.
The Cork woman detailed the lengths she had gone to to try and make it back sooner but said she accepted the decision.
"It was devastating but I've had to shift my mentality over the past week," she wrote.
"The constant chase for something that was always running away from me forced me into accepting that reality by just living in the moment. The chase may have ended but the journey is still ongoing.
"For now, my primary aim is to join in with the girls for non-contact training over the next few weeks. I don't know what will happen next year so I just want to finish up here on the pitch in some capacity."