Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell has become the latest AFL icon to announce his retirement from the game after injury problems, The Guardian reports.
Maxwell, 31, follows Brisbane Lion Jonathan Brown and St Kilda's Lenny Hayes in quitting the sport and announced his decision with immediate effect on Wednesday.
Selected in the 2003 NAB AFL rookie draft, Maxwell went on to play 208 games for the 'Pies, taking over the captaincy in 2009.
Maxwell's finest moment
His finest moment came in 2010, lifting the Premiership after Collingwood won the flag with a replay win over St Kilda.
He would be known as one of the finest leaders of his generation and earned All-Australian recognition in 2009 for his performances that season.
Current Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury paid tribute to his predecessor, saying he made every teammate he played alongside better.
"As a player, he was among the best teammates," he said.
"He would run through a wall for any of us. The amount of times he helped blokes out or did things that didn't reward himself but made other players look good was countless. He is one of the greats of the footy club."
Maxwell retires after failing to overcome a long-term ankle problem.
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