MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Daniel Venables of the Eagles is congratulated by his teammates after kicking a goal during the round two AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on April 1, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Eagles premiership player Daniel Venables has called time on his AFL career.

It is understood that the 22-year-old was handed a recommendation by an AFL medical panel to avoid contact sport, leading to an abrupt ending to his short career.

Venables has played 21 games for West Coast since making his debut in 2018, a season where he played 15 matches and went on to be part of the club's premiership team.

A serious head trauma incident the following year has since placed the Western Jets product on the sidelines and battling concussion symptoms.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Dom Sheed and Daniel Venables of the Eagles celebrates winning as the Magpies look dejected during the 2018 AFL Grand Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Venables addressed his teammates at a team meeting this week to deliver the heartbreaking news.

“It’s hard talking to all of your mates,” Venables said, per the club website.

“When I was practising I was alright, but when you get there it’s different.

“I’m sad, but I guess I’m relieved because the pressure’s off and now I can focus on my rehab. I’m not able to play again, so I can just concentrate on my health.

“It’s not until you sit back and reflect on the time that you understand how far you’ve come and the things you have had to go through. I feel like this has matured me as a person and it will help me in the future.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19: Daniel Venables of the Eagles marks the ball against Bailey Fritsch of the Demons during the round 22 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and Melbourne Demons at Optus Stadium on August 19, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

“It has been two-and-a-half years, I am a very realistic person and I understood it was going to be tough to get clearance to play.

“I am grateful for the opportunity I got to play in a Grand Final. It’s pretty hard to come by and I will always have that to hang my hat on. It will always connect me to the club.”

Venables joined the Eagles via the 2016 national draft as the 13th overall selection and managed to boot 11 goals in his short career with the Eagles.