MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs in action ahead of Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Western Bulldogs and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on August 06, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs defender Lin Jong has announced his retirement from the game.

The 28-year-old will hang up the boots after 65 games and 10 years in the AFL with the Bulldogs.

Jong was recruited to Whitten Oval as a rookie ahead of the 2012 season, making his debut in his first year with the club and was eventually upgraded to the senior list in 2014.

Ongoing injuries halted the promising backman's development, yet the Oakleigh Chargers product still managed to become a key name at the kennel across his decade with the Bulldogs.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 21: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs is congratulated by his teammates after kicking a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Jong was a two-time premiership player with Footscray, featuring in the 2014 and 2016 VFL flags.

Speaking via the club website, Jong expressed his pride in being able to represent the red, white and blue.

“I’ve done everything I can to try to get back out there this year, but unfortunately time’s run out on me being able to do that and I’m comfortable that it’s the right time to hang up the boots,” Jong said.

“For the past 10 years, I’ve been fortunate to play football at the highest level for the Western Bulldogs.

“I’ve come a long way as a person and a footballer in that time and I’m really proud of everything I’ve achieved.

“There have been some injury setbacks, but I wouldn’t have my journey any other way.

“I’m grateful to everyone who has supported me across the years – all my teammates and coaches, the medical staff, trainers and our Bulldogs fans. And to my family and close friends who have been with me every step of the journey.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season holds for us and am excited about stepping into the next chapter of my life.”