Essendon veteran Jason Winderlich will retire at the end of the 2014 AFL season.
The 29-year-old said after back, knee and hamstring problems, he couldn’t go around for another year.
“I’ve got a young family and I have to think about my long term future and I think it’s fair to say the body probably didn’t have another full pre-season in it,” Winderlich said.
Although he’s played as a defender of late his accurate kick for goal saw him carve out a successful career in the Bombers forward line.
In his 123 games to date, since making his debut in 2003, he has kicked 78 goals.
Senior coach Mark Thompson led a chorus of praise for Winderlich.
“For Licka to carve out the career he did, with all the challenges he faced, really is an incredible achievement,” Thompson said.
“Over the later part of his career he’s been a great leader and mentor for the younger players and he will be missed, there’s no doubt about that.”
Winderlich plans to fully concentrate on his recycled timber business.