Gold Coast SUNS defender Krystal Scott will hang up the boots and retire from AFLW football after an inspiring professional sporting career.

The 28-year-old, who is also a mother, achieved the milestone to break through for her AFLW debut in Round 10 last season.

Scott joined the SUNS as a mature-age recruit prior to the NAB AFLW Draft after previously being listed with the Brisbane Lions for two seasons from 2018 to 2019 without playing a game.

After three seasons in the AFLW system, Scott was thankful for the connections she has made and looked forward to more time with her young family.

“I can’t thank the SUNS enough for the opportunity they have given to me to play in the AFLW and will always cherish my time at the club,” Scott said.

“Thank you to all my teammates, staff and our loyal members and supporters for everything they have done to welcome me and my family to the SUNS.

“While it was only a short journey, I’m confident in where the club is heading and look forward to cheering on from the stands in the future.”

GC SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona Sessarago thanked Scott for her contribution to the club.

“Krystal brought some extremely valuable experience to our group this year and she was quick to earn the respect of her teammates,” Sessarago said.

“It’s a credit to the way Krystal goes about her business, her commitment and dedication to her football was outstanding and she was able to inspire those around her.

“We’d like to thank Krystal for her dedication to the Gold Coast SUNS and she, Shannon & Huxley will always be welcome back at the Austworld Centre.”

Scott was one of several talented dual-sport athletes to have made their debut for the SUNS in 2022, having an elite tennis background which included a two-year stint at Norfolk State University in the United States on scholarship.