Bad knee forces Bairnsdale's Smith out of AFL footy
An East Gippsland boy playing with the Western Bulldogs has announced his retirement from AFL football.
25 year old Clay Smith's career has been cut short, due to persistent knee troubles that have left him on the sidelines all this season.
Originally from Bairnsdale, Smith will retire after playing a key role in the Dogs' 2016 premiership.
Over the seven years Smith played 55 games and kicked 43 goals for the Club.
“It was a very difficult decision for me to retire at my age, but the right one to make given my knee hasn’t been able to fully recover,” Smith said.