Prolific goalkicker Hayden Armstrong has departed Osborne after one season.
Armstrong made the weekly trip from Canberra to play with the Tigers this season after being recruited from Ainslie.
However, Armstrong recently informed Tiger officials that the travel factor was the major reason behind his decision to return to Ainslie.
"I made the decision last week that I wouldn't be playing at Osborne again next year," Armstrong said.
"Unfortunately the travel is just a bit too much.
"That's definitely the only reason that I won't be returning next year.
"It takes me three-and-a-half hours to get from Canberra to Osborne.
"I'm getting a bit older now and the extra travel isn't ideal with the recovery."
Armstrong arrived at Osborne with a big reputation.
The 29-year-old had topped the AFL Canberra's goal kicking the previous two years.
He also played an instrumental role in Ainslie claiming a hatrick of flags from 2017-19.
The strong marking forward also finished runner-up in the Mulrooney medal for the competition's best and fairest in 2019
Armstrong said it was a burning desire to play alongside Tigers' 2019 best and fairest Declan O'Rourke that led to his decision to commit to travelling from the nation's capital this year.
He finished runner-up to Connor Galvin in the club's best and fairest over the weekend despite only playing 10 of 16 matches.
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Armstrong averaged almost five goals a match after booting 49 for the season.
"Unfortunately COVID robbed us of a finals series and a chance of winning the flag," he said.
"We had a great season to be undefeated but were fully aware you still have to prove yourself in finals.
"It was disappointing not to be able to have finals because that's why you play football.
"But I loved every minute of my time at Osborne and wouldn't change anything.
"They are just such a terrific bunch of blokes who are well led by coach Joel Mackie and president Jason Gooden.
"No doubt they will be hard to beat for the flag next year."
Armstrong was content with his form.
"Apart from missing half-a-dozen matches with injury, I thought I had a decent year form-wise," he said.
"Obviously playing full-forward at Osborne you get on the end of some pinpoint delivery which makes your job a lot easier.
"To be honest I was amazed with the amount of talent and skill all over the park.
"They are such a young side as well that is well coached.
"I can see them dominating the competition for quite a while to come if they stick together."
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