“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.