PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 10: David Mackay of the Crows looks to pass the ball during the round 12 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Adelaide Crows at Optus Stadium on June 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Veteran Adelaide Crows utility David Mackay announced his retirement on Thursday morning.

Mackay will conclude his career on his own terms after the Crows' final match of the season against North Melbourne this weekend at Adelaide Oval.

The 33-year-old informed his teammates and coaches of his decision, and spoke glowingly of the club he spent his entire AFL career at.

"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have represented the Club, and have always worn our jumper with pride," Mackay said.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: David Mackay of the Crows gets a pass away while under pressure during the round four AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Sydney Swans at Adelaide Oval on April 16, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

"To all my teammates, coaches and the staff of this great club, thank you. I am privileged to have met and worked with so many amazing people.

"To the Members and supporters, thank you for your passionate and unrivalled support, and playing in front of you has been an absolute thrill and honour.

"To my family, thank you is not enough.

"I will be eternally grateful for the sacrifices you have made in allowing me to chase my dream and I can’t wait to embark on the next chapter."

The 247-gamer was drafted by the Crows with Pick 48 in the 2006 National Draft, and averaged 17 disposals, three marks and three tackles over the course of his 14-year service at West Lakes.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: David Mackay of the Crows handballs whilst being tackled by Cyril Rioli of the Hawks during the round five AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 22, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Adelaide senior coach Matthew Nicks described Mackay as a 'selfless teammate', both on and off the field.

"D-Mac's playing career speaks for itself – 248 games in 15 seasons – he has been durable and super-reliable for this Club for a long time," Nicks said.

"It is a credit to him the way he has continually reinvented himself and improved his game, and this season he has played some of the best football of his career.

"His reputation off the field and everything that he brings to other areas of the Club is equal to what he has achieved as a player.

"He is the ultimate professional when it comes to his training and preparation, he is a selfless teammate who shows care for others and is an outstanding role model for young players.

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"We wish him and his wife Sarah, and their three children William, Lucy and Tom, all the best in the next phase of their lives and he leaves with our utmost respect and thanks for his contribution."

Mackay will finish his career having played the ninth most games in the Crows' history.