GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Brad Sheppard of the Eagles runs with the ball during the round six AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the West Coast Eagles at GMHBA Stadium on April 24, 2021 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

West Coast defender Brad Sheppard is set to call time on his career after battling concussion symptoms in recent weeks.

Sheppard's 2021 season was cut abruptly short after numerous concussions forced the All-Australian to take some time away.

10 News journalist Lachy Ried is reporting that the 30-year-old will inform teammates of his decision on Monday with the club already knowing of the defenders' intentions.

"Brad Sheppard will announce his retirement next week due to a concussion," Reid tweeted.

"I’m hearing he’s told Eagles bosses of his decision but he’ll tell his teammates on Monday."

West Coast CEO Trevor Nisbett said recently that the Eagles would work with his health the club's main concern.

"With Bradley, it’s taking a bit of time with his concussion diagnosis,” Nisbett told Sportsday WA.

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Sheppard follows the likes of Liam Picken and Patty McCartin who have retired from football due to concussions. However, McCartin is set to be recruited by Sydney for the 2022 season.

Fellow Eagle Daniel Venables retired earlier this year with a brutal concussion back in 2019 spelling the end to his promising career.

 

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