PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Will Schofield of the Eagles looks on during the round 14 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Domain Stadium on June 24, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

West Coast premiership defender Will Schofield will hang up the boots at the end of the 2020 season after 14 seasons at the club.

The 31-year old announced his retirement early on Friday in front of his teammates and will fall just short of the 200-game mark for his career, having played 194 to date.

Following Brad Sheppard’s injury late in the 2018 season, Schofield played a huge role down back during the finals series, especially on Collingwood star Jordan De Goey in the Grand Final, which helped see the Eagles become premiers.

Schofield, taken at pick 50 in the 2006 draft, struggled to make his way into the Eagles team in his first three seasons before becoming a regular contributor from 2010.

With Jeremy McGovern, Tom Barrass and Brad Sheppard nailing down regular spots in the backline, Schofield found it tough to earn a consistent spot, but has still managed to play a decent amount despite the uprising of the current trio.