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Mitchell makes call to end career

Mitchell makes call to end career

WEST Coast veteran Sam Mitchell has confirmed he will retire at the end of the AFL season.

Mitchell, who crossed from Hawthorn to the Eagles at the end of last year, will play out the season before hanging up his boots.

He will then take up a full-time coaching role at the club.

Mitchell’s retirement comes five days after fellow Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis announced 2017 would be his final AFL season.

Priddis was contracted for next year, but said he no longer felt he could pull his weight in the midfield.

Drew Petrie is also set to retire at the end of the season.

The futures of premiership defender Sam Butler, Eric Mackenzie, Josh Hill, and Mark LeCras remain undecided.

Mitchell will go down as one of the game’s all-time greats.

The 34-year-old has played 323 games, won four premierships, been named an All- Australian on three occasions, and was awarded the 2012 Brownlow Medal after Jobe Watson was stripped of the honour.

Mitchell has been one of West Coast’s best players this season, averaging 27 disposals per game.

When he first arrived at the Eagles he left the door wide open to play on in 2018.

But with the Eagles now turning their attention towards youth, Mitchell will step aside at the end of the year to embark on his coaching career.

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