SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Luke Brown of the Crows and Ben McGlynn of the Swans compete for the ball during the 2016 AFL First Semi Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Adelaide Crows at the Sydney Cricket Ground on September 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Ben McGlynn announces retirement

Ben McGlynn has called time on his career after 171 AFL games spanning 11 seasons.

The 31-year-old made his debut for Hawthorn in Round 10, 2006 and went on to play 44 games for the Hawks before being traded to the Swans in 2010.

McGlynn was a mainstay in the Sydney line-up during his time at the SCG, and featured in two grand finals for the Swans.

The small forward was thankful for the opportunities that both Hawthorn and Sydney gave him during his career.

“I’d like to thank the Sydney Swans for the opportunity to pursue my dream, and the Hawthorn Football Club for the start of my career. But there’s no doubt my family has been my biggest inspiration along the journey and I wouldn’t have been able to do what I have done without their support,” McGlynn said.

“The past seven years here at the Swans has been a great highlight of my life and there are so many memories I will cherish forever.

“I’m especially going to miss running out and competing each weekend because that’s what I’ve always loved doing, but I’ve still got a lot of passion for the game and would love to stay involved in the industry.”

McGlynn missed out on both the Hawks and the Swans premiership success, with injury keeping him out of Sydney’s 2012 flag, while he was yet to establish himself in Hawthorn’s line-up when they tasted the ultimate success in 2008.