Giant granted leave

Updated: January 29, 2016
AFL News

GREATER Western Sydney forward Cam McCarthy has been granted indefinite leave and will return to Perth for what the club has labelled “personal issues”

The decision to allow the 20-year-old, who requested a trade to a West Australian club at the end of the 2015 season, time off comes after talks between the Giants, McCarthy and his management.

“Cam has most recently been struggling to deal with the day to day demands of being an AFL footballer and as a result we have agreed that the best course of action is for him to step away from the game.

“Following last year’s trade period we agreed to implement a range of measures to ensure Cam was able to spend more time in Western Australia with his family. This included augmenting his training schedule as well as bolstering what was already a comprehensive welfare framework.

“Despite initially making strong progress after returning from the Christmas break it has been apparent that Cam cannot currently meet the demands of being an AFL footballer.

“We will obviously continue to support Cam during this time and assist him in every way possible. His welfare is our priority.”

McCarthy has played 21 games and kicked 36 goals since being drafted in 2013.

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