Zac Williams of the Giants tackles Nathan Van Berlo of the Crows during the round 10 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Adelaide Oval on May 28, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Crows veteran Nathan van Berlo announces retirement

Former Adelaide captain Nathan van Berlo has announced his retirement from AFL football, effective immediately.

Van Berlo played a total of 205 games for the Crows across 11 season, 68 of those as skipper of the club.

The 30-year-old has struggled with injuries over the past few seasons, with an Achilles injury preventing him from taking part in the entire 2014 season.

He has struggled to regain his best form since, managing just three games in 2016 due to injury and form.

He will continue to play for Adelaide’s State League team during the Club’s maiden SANFL finals campaign.

“It has been an incredible journey and when I think back to my draft day, I never imagined playing 200-plus games and being part of such a strong club for so long,” van Berlo said.

“Team success has been my driving force since day one and I am proud to have been part of playing groups where others share that view.

“Playing and winning finals are standout moments and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Club make the most of the opportunities in front of them now and in the future.”