MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Mark Baguley of the Bombers celebrates kicking a goal during the round 19 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on July 27, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Essendon utility Mark Baguley has announced his retirement from football after eight years and 134 games in the red and black.

Baguley’s AFL journey didn’t follow the normal path like many others as he was a part-time plumber and playing in Frankston’s VFL side when he was drafted as a mature-age rookie in 2012.

Baguley was “Mr fix it” as he could play on the opposition’s best small forward or he could play up forward and have a significant impact.

The 32-year-old thanked everyone at the club for allowing him to play football at the highest level.

“It has been a challenging ride and I’m very thankful for the opportunity and the time that the club, players and coaches have invested in me and my family,” Baguley told Essendon Media.

“One thing I felt I never lacked was being competitive and once I finally got my first taste of AFL, I was hooked. It’s and awesome job to be able to come to the club each day and do something that you love. I never took that for granted.”

Coach John Worsfold congratulated on his career at the Bombers.

“He left no stone unturned throughout his time as a senior footballer, getting the best out of himself on-field week in and week out.”