MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 14: Ricky Henderson of the Hawks hand passes the ball during the 2019 AFL round 13 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Marvel Stadium on June 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Hawthorn veteran Ricky Henderson has today announced his retirement from the game.

The 32-year old calls time after 159 games over 12 seasons in the league, having made his debut for the Adelaide Crows in 2009.

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Henderson joined the Hawks at the end of 2016 and had a career-best season in 2019, finishing second in the club’s best and fairest.

The utility thanked Hawthorn for taking him in with open arms and making his last few years in the game so enjoyable.

“Since the moment I arrived, I loved the change Hawthorn provided and the environment at the club,” Henderson told the club website.

“I’m really pleased to have been able to spend the last few years of my AFL career in the brown and gold.

“I’m happy to be moving into a new chapter of life and look forward to whatever comes next.”

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson added: “Ricky has been on a pretty incredible footy journey, over his 12 years in the AFL, he has ridden the ups and downs of the game with class and professionalism.

“He was quick to become a vital cog in our game during his time at the Hawks, and his 2019 season, in particular, is something he should be very proud of.

“Ricky, his wife Jenny and children Rylee and Billy will always be a part of the Hawthorn family and we look forward to seeing their next chapter unfold.”