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Gold Coast Suns forward Timmy Sumner retires after just 17 games

Gold Coast forward Timmy Sumner has retired from the AFL, a month after taking personal leave. The third-year Suns player from South Australia made the decision after a meeting in Adelaide last Friday between his management, the club and the AFL Players Association.

Late last month, there were hopes Sumner was about to return to Gold Coast. The 20-year-old had played 17 senior games, but only six last season, starting three of them as the substitute.

"We completely understand Timmy's position and have been working with him and his manager for some time assisting where we could off the field in a bid to reignite his passion for AFL," Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft said in a statement.

"Although disappointed to lose Timmy, we will assist him in his transition to life away from the Gold Coast Suns and wish him every success in the future," Ashcroft said.

Sumner was recruited to the Gold Coast at the 2012  AFL draft. A third-round selection, No.55 overall, Sumner made his debut against Geelong at Simonds Stadium in round 10, 2013. He kicked  six goals in his 17 matches.