Brent Reilly
Brent Reilly of the Crows is chaired from the field after his 200th game. Source: Morne de Klerk/Getty Images AsiaPac

Crows defender Brent Reilly is retiring from football effective immediately and will delve into coaching for the remainder of 2015.

Reilly, who required surgery to repair a fractured skull following a training accident in March, played 203 AFL games – ranked 13th all-time at the Adelaide Football Club.

The 31-year-old reached the 200-game milestone in the Club’s win over North Melbourne in Round 13 last season. His most recent game was against St Kilda in Round 23, 2014.

“My medical team, have told me that given the impact of the accident and subsequent surgery that they are unanimous in their recommendation that I never again play a contact sport,” Reilly said.