Former Liverpool and Leeds United midfielder Harry Kewell announced his retirement from football on Wednesday, as reported by The Guardian.
The 35-year-old will hang up his boots at the end of the A-League season when his current deal with Melbourne Heart expires.
As so often throughout his career, Kewell has struggled with injuries since penning a one-year contract with the club in June last year – mustering just 14 appearances and two goals in a largely disappointing homecoming.
The ex-Leeds winger - who was named Australia's greatest ever footballer in 2012 - earned 56 caps and scored 17 goals for the Socceroos.
Kewell returned home with a view to reviving his hopes of securing a place in Australia's 2014 World Cup squad, however national team manager Ange Postecoglou has instead looked to introduce a new cohort of talent.
Although the veteran's dream of a third World Cup berth has long appeared optimistic, former international teammate Robbie Slater has lamented his withdrawal from the game.
“I think he’s looked through it and realised he’s not going to make the World Cup squad and he’s decided to end with Melbourne Heart, where he’s made a really good impact,” he told Fox Sports.
“When he looks back, to even play after some of the injuries he had showed great character. In his time at Leeds, he was the most naturally gifted player we’ve ever produced.”
Currently sidelined with a rib injury, Kewell is reportedly aiming to sign off his decorated contribution to Australian football in a farewell match against Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on April 12.
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