Niamh McEvoy has announced her retirement from Australian Rules after two seasons with Melbourne.

The 30-year-old Dublin footballer moved Down Under with team-mate Sinead Goldrick in the autumn of 2019.

She returned to Ireland to help the Sky Blues to win a fourth successive All-Ireland title last December before heading back to Melbourne for the 2021 AFLW campaign, making three appearances.

Melbourne made it to the AFLW finals series this year but were were well beaten by Adelaide Crows in last weekend's preliminary final.

"Niamh has been a terrific contributor to our AFLW programme over the past two seasons," said Daniel McPherson, general manager of AFLW.

"Whilst she didn't play as many AFLW games as she would have liked this season, her contribution to the programme was significant.

"The competitiveness, professionalism, and experience Niamh brought across from her highly successful Gaelic football career back in Ireland has benefitted our group enormously over the last two seasons.

"Niamh has been a highly valued and much-loved member of our team in the last couple of years. We thank her for her contribution and wish her all the best for the future."

In March, Goldrick was ruled out of the rest of the AFLW season after suffering a hamstring tear.

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