The Gold Coast SUNS would like to thank Sam Virgo for her contributions to the club after the SUNS captain chose to retire from AFLW.

Virgo announced her decision to her teammates, partners and staff at the SUNS AFLW Club Champion event on Sunday morning.

“I’m so proud to have captained and played for the SUNS for two years,” Virgo said.

“I’m also appreciative of the opportunity the Brisbane Lions gave me in the inaugural AFLW draft and particularly in my ACL rehab.

“I’d like to say a big thanks to Fiona (McLarty) and Lakey (David Lake), all the staff, the players and my family and friends for their unwavering support throughout the five years.

“I’m looking forward to some more family time and continuing my passion for coaching.”

Named as one of the club’s inaugural AFLW captains, Virgo has led the team in its first two seasons in the league and leaves a lasting impact on not only the Gold Coast SUNS but the entire AFLW competition.

SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona McLarty said Virgo’s influence on the club could never be understated.

“Sam was one of the first players to be signed to the club and has had a profound impact on helping to establish our AFLW program,” McLarty said.

“Her experience, energy and professionalism will be missed by our players and staff.

“We want to wish Sam, her partner Jenna and children Harriett and Robbie all the best for what lies ahead in the future.”

Virgo played 14 games for the SUNS and 15 games for the Brisbane Lions in her five-year AFLW career.

She was recognised as an All Australian in 2017 and retires as one of Queensland’s pioneers in women’s football.