MANDURAH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Xavier Ellis of the Eagles handballs during the NAB Challenge AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Carlton Blues at Rushton Park on February 27, 2015 in Mandurah, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

West Coast midfielder Xavier Ellis announces retirement

West Coast midfielder Xavier Ellis has announced his retirement from AFL football.

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Ellis played 86 games with Hawthorn, including the 2008 premiership, after being selected with pick No.3 in the 2005 National Draft.

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Xavier Ellis of the Hawks celebrates kicking a goal during the round 20 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Port Adelaide Power at Aurora Stadium on August 12, 2012 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 12: Xavier Ellis of the Hawks celebrates kicking a goal during the round 20 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Port Adelaide Power at Aurora Stadium on August 12, 2012 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

He was plagued by injuries in his final few seasons at the Hawks, managing just 16 games in his last three years at the club.

He then joined the Eagles as a free agent at the end of 2013, playing 34 games in three seasons, with injuries ultimately cutting short his career.

MANDURAH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Xavier Ellis of the Eagles handballs during the NAB Challenge AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Carlton Blues at Rushton Park on February 27, 2015 in Mandurah, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
MANDURAH, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 27: Xavier Ellis of the Eagles handballs during the NAB Challenge AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Carlton Blues at Rushton Park on February 27, 2015 in Mandurah, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

He partially tore his Achilles in Round 1 this season, before suffering yet another soft tissue injury last weekend.

The 28-year-old made the announcement via Instagram on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m done!! Thank you all involved at Hawthorn and West Coast for the 11 tremendous years,” he wrote.

“Amazing highs and a few to many lows, but was well worth the work. These legs need a rest now.”

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