Ryan O’Keefe has announced his decision to retire from AFL football.
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Sydney Swans premiership winner Ryan O’Keefe has officially announced his retirement from the AFL.
The veteran confirmed his decision to end his career after 286 matches and two premierships with the Swans.
O’Keefe has found it difficult to crack into the Swans senior side this season, having not played an AFL game since round four.
The 33-year-old said last month he was unsure whether to continue playing in the AFL, and the decision would be based on the options presented from other clubs.
The 2012 Norm Smith medallist will be farewelled alongside Lewis Roberts-Thomson with a lap of honour around the MCG before Saturday’s Grand Final.
“It is fitting that two great premiership players of our club will be sent off with a lap of honour at the MCG on grand final day,” Swans coach John Longmire said.
“Both Ryan and Lewis are life members of the Swans and were part of the 2005 and 2012 premiership successes.
“Swans fans have had their chance to thank Ryan and Lewis, and this is another opportunity for all football fans to thank two absolute warriors who always saved their best for September.”