Brisbane Lions premiership defender Phoebe Monahan has announced her retirement from AFLW.

The 30-year-old finishes her career on a high after helping the Brisbane Lions be crowned AFLW champions for 2023.

Monahan, who was originally drafted by the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS with pick 39 in 2017 before joining Richmond, calls time after 60 games across six seasons.

Since arriving in Brisbane, Monahan has played every game available for the Lions which included seven finals, two Grand Finals and a Premiership.

Monahan said the decision to retire was filled with many mixed emotions, though is content with starting life after football.

“Ultimately, I feel this is the right time for me to focus on the next chapter of my journey, hanging up the footy boots for full time tradie boots,” she said.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the Club, the coaches, the medical and performance staff, and ultimately the girls, they have all taken my AFLW experience to a whole new level both on and off the field.

“I came to them as a banished Tiger and get to leave as a premiership Lion.

“I’m excited to get stuck into my trade as a carpenter, and jump back into the grind of CrossFit, whilst having some time to smell the roses and travel around the sunny state a bit more before I move back home down south.”

Head of Women’s Football, Breeanna Brock said she was sad to see Monahan go but was grateful for the role she has played - especially this season as an experienced player amongst a young team.

“Phoebe is treasured by her teammates, her other defenders absolutely love playing with her and they would do anything for each other,” Brock said.

“She really found her place here at the Lions and played some of her best football with us.

“We are very grateful for the time Phoebe has spent with us up in Brisbane and she will always have a special place here as a Premiership player.”