Premiership Bulldog Easton Wood has called time on his career at the Kennel.

The man that led the Dogs to their drought-breaking flag victory in 2016 has announced his retirement a year prior to the expiration of his contract with the club.

Wood hangs up the boots after 188 games in the red, blue and white, winning an All-Australian selection and best and fairest with the Bulldogs, both coming in 2015.

The 32-year-old spoke on the difficult decision to retire from the game, stating the timing was right for him to depart Whitten Oval.

“After much thought I’ve decided to retire from the game I love so much, at a club which has been my home for 14 years,” Wood said on the announcement.

Robert Murphy and Easton Wood of the Bulldogs hold up the the premiership cup during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

“Whilst it’s been difficult to confront, the reality is I’ve athletically declined.  I wanted to finish up on my own terms and I felt that if I declined further next year, I wouldn't have that opportunity.  I’m proud to go out as a member of the team and being part of an amazing run to get to the Grand Final.

“Having dealt with numerous injury setbacks over the last few years, in particular my troublesome hamstrings, I felt like the time was right to step away.  I’m at peace with the decision, and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life.

“As I reflect on my career, I’m incredibly proud of my contribution to this special football club.  To every person who has had an influence on my career, on or off the field, thank you for making me a better player and person.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Easton Wood of the Bulldogs celebrates victory at the final whistle during the round 22 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at GIANTS Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

“There have been some up and downs along the journey, but I’m leaving the game content that I gave everything I had, backed by my family, friends, and the loyal and passionate Bulldogs members and fans.

“The Club is in such great hands, and I can’t wait to sit back and support the boys as a fan in the years to come.”

Wood first joined the Bulldogs via the 2007 National Draft, making his debut in 2009 against the Eagles.

Injuries limited his exposure prior to the 2014 season, where he emerged as a stalwart for the Bulldogs and would soon go on to lead the club to the 2016 premiership as captain, in the absence of club great Bob Murphy.

Wood was appointed as captain of the club in 2018, leading his side for two seasons before heading over the reins to Marcus Bontempelli.

The beloved backman retires as a cherished individual of the club and one of only two players to captain the Bulldogs to a premiership.