Adelaide youngster Fischer McAsey has stepped away from the AFL after revealing he has “lost a lot of the enjoyment” for the game.

McAsey was granted personal leave from the club in November so he could remain in Melbourne with his family and won’t be returning when his teammates do.

The pick six in the 2019 Draft has informed his club of his decision and is appreciative of the opportunity the Crows gave him.

McAsey struggled at AFL level, featuring in only 10 games and will be placed on the inactive list for the 2023 season.

“Unfortunately, I have lost a lot of the enjoyment and desire to improve which is required to make it at the top level,” McAsey said.

“It has been an extremely difficult decision to come to, and one that I haven’t taken lightly, but through discussions with close friends and family, the club and my management, I feel that it is the right decision for my long term future and well-being.

“I am very grateful to the club for their support and allowing me some time to reflect on where I want to be moving forward.

“There has been a large number of people who have worked very hard on my development as a player and person, and for that I’m highly appreciative.

“Not everyone will understand the decision, but I’m comfortable with the path that I’m headed, and am excited by the ability to pursue other interests.

“I will always be thankful to the Crows for giving me the opportunity to live out a boyhood dream, and I wish everyone at the club the best for 2023 and beyond.”

Toward the end of the 2022 season, McAsey was linked to a move back to Melbourne, with Carlton tipped to be the frontrunner for his services.

Back in August, the 21-year-old found himself in the eyesight of the Blues and RSN’s Mark Stevens said at the time it was a done deal.

“Fischer McAsey, Pick 6 2019 draft, he’s played 10 games at Adelaide, can’t quite get into the Adelaide side, it’s been a mystery … Just hasn’t had a run at it,” Stevens said.

“A Melbourne boy, you can write this one down… Carlton, they’re all over Fischer McAsey. I believed he’ll be at the Blues next year.

“They need some more key defensive stocks. I think they need quality defenders… they probably need one more.”

Despite walking away from the Crows, there’ll be a few AFL clubs, including Carlton, who will be keeping close tabs on the key defender in the next few years.

Through the Pre-season Supplemental Selection Period (SSP), teams are allowed to invite players to train with them in a bid to be put on the list.

Prior to the Christmas break, there were nine clubs with spots on their list. Gold Coast and St Kilda hold two vacancies while Collingwood, Fremantle, Geelong, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Richmond and Western Bulldogs all have one.

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