The demands of a looming pre-season and his own physical limitations combine to end his career.
Sydney have left out Josh Kennedy and two other key players for their clash with Richmond, giving the Tigers extra cause to believe they they can snatch a last-gasp finals berth at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
Three years ago, Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury was part of a ladder-leading side that lost by 96 points to Geelong on the eve of finals – and he's hoping Hawthorn may be similarly lacking in hunger on Friday night.
Jordon Bourke will become Brisbane's 10th debutant for the season.
The selected teams for round 23 of the AFL season, including Saturday's all-important Fremantle v Port Adelaide clash.
Damien Hardwick says his Richmond players have "got one more bridge to cross to get, hopefully, where we deserve to be" with their finals-defining clash away to Sydney.
The AFL and half its clubs have been warned by the competition watchdog over their failure to disclose hidden admission costs to members attending high-profile games.
The Hawks are preparing for a finals campaign without Cyril Rioli, as the dynamic small forward struggles to recover from a hamstring injury.
Ryan O'Keefe has played his final game for Sydney, the Swans have conceded, but the club legend has not ruled out playing on next year with another side.
Geelong champion stridently defends himself against accusations that he exaggerated contact with Hawthorn opponent.