Concussion woes behind Greenwood retirement

MAGPIE: Levi Greenwood (pictured centre) with Dylan Cox and Brock Birkin, were named best players for Ports Football Club in a game in 2001.
MAGPIE: Levi Greenwood (pictured centre) with Dylan Cox and Brock Birkin, were named best players for Ports Football Club in a game in 2001.

Collingwood veteran AFL player Levi Greenwood, 32, announced his retirement late last month due to a history of concussion in the game.

Greenwood, who grew up on the Eyre Peninsula in Port Neill, retired from the game after suffering a concussion during round five of the season.

After continuing to deal with concussion symptoms following the collision in the Pies' loss to West Coast, Greenwood said it came down to putting family first.

He will however continue on as a part time coach for Collingwood, and assist in the club's VFL program and rehabilitiation team.

"I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for two clubs in North Melbourne and Collingwood, and have the support of my teammates, coaches, staff and the fans over the past 14 years," Greenwood said in an interview.

"I am looking forward to extending my appreciation and reminiscing with those who have supported me across my career.

"Bucks (former Pies coach Nathan Buckley) being one, who particularly over the last few years has been an incredible coach and friend.

"Stepping away from my playing career will be a readjustment, however I'm excited for the opportunity to work as a VFL coach and assist with rehab for the remainder of the season, allowing me to put my health and my family first."

Greenwood was chosen by North Melbourne in the 2007 national draft, and debuted in 2009 to play 74 games for the Kangaroos.

He arrived at Collingwood in 2014 during the trade period in exchange for pick 25.

He played 86 games for Collingwood, and over his career kicked a total of 57 goals and averaged four tackles per match.

Collingwood general manager of football Graham Wright said Greenwood had always been disciplined and consistent.

"It's allowed him to line up and battle with some of the best midfielders in the game," he said.

"While I am sure Levi's teammates and the supporters will miss the tough and uncompromising competitor he was, we're grateful that his rich football knowledge and experience will remain at the club as he steps into a part-time coaching role and continues to work with the rehab group.

"The club thanks Levi for his unwavering commitment and contribution as a player."