ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Jack Ross of the Tigers tackles Scott Lycett of the Power during the 2019 AFL round 04 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on April 13, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Retired Port Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett has signed with local South Australian club Port District for next year.

The premiership Eagle and 71-gamer for the Power called time on his career this off-season after 146 matches over 12 years in the AFL system.

Injuries prevented Lycett from playing on at the elite level in 2024 despite interest from several AFL clubs, with Collingwood, West Coast, Richmond and St Kilda all linked to the 31-year-old in recent weeks.

Lycett instead opted to retire and will return to grassroots football for next season after signing with Division 1 Adelaide Footy League club Port District.

"Port District Football Club is proud & excited to announce the signing of Scott "Scooter" Lycett," the club posted in a statement.

"Scott has decided to commit to PDFC in 2024 after a brilliant AFL career which includes a premiership with West Coast Eagles in 2018 and a combination of 146 games for the West Coast Eagles and Port Power. He made his debut for the Eagles in 2011 after being selected with pick 29 in the 2010 draft. He kicked two goals on debut, including a goal with his first kick.
"Scott has been a regular supporter of our great club for a number of years regularly watching his mates when not playing AFL. He sees PDFC as a great fit for him and his family and he also gets to re-unite with his former Port Magpies & Port Power mates.

"Scott (203cm, 101kg) is an elite Ruckman and will push forward from time to time. He will also bring great leadership and experience to the club. He was a fan favourite at both AFL clubs for his team first approach.

"More importantly he's a ripper bloke and brings along his beautiful family & partner. Please welcome to our great club: Scott, Stephanie, Ron & Karen!"

Port District finished fourth in the AFL this year after recording 11 wins for the season before bowing out in the opening week of the finals.

Lycett brings premiership experience to the local club and will join former Port Adelaide teammate Sam Gray at Port District.

Lycett averaged 12.60 disposals and 20.85 hitouts per game across his career with West Coast and Port Adelaide.