Giants AFLW skipper Farrugia retires

Amanda Farrugia has called time on her AFLW career before the start of season four

Inspirational GWS captain Amanda Farrugia has announced her retirement on the eve of the AFLW team's return for pre-season training.

The 34-year-old PE teacher captained the Giants in every game over the first three seasons and retires as a three-time Mostyn Medal winner as AFL Sydney's best and fairest winner.

Alicia Eva will take over as skipper after having served as vice-captain.

"I'm incredibly honoured to have led this football club for three years and I'm grateful for the opportunity the AFL Women's competition has afforded me," Farrugia said.

"This isn't a competition you can do half-hearted and the time is right for me to make some time in my life for everything else.

"I put everything I had physically and emotionally into my elite football career and I'm looking forward to the next chapter for me."

Giants AFLW coach Alan McConnell paid tribute to Farrugia, who only took up the sport in her 20s as away to keep fit.

"For a young woman who grew up in Sydney with no connection to Australian Rules football to be the first captain of our club is a phenomenal achievement," McConnell said.

"For all she's achieved on the field, it's the way she's carried herself off the field that leaves a lasting legacy.

"Her leadership has helped us set up an incredibly strong AFLW program at our club while the time she gives back to her community, fans and young girls everywhere is second to none."