MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Sam Wright of the Kangaroos laughs during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session at Arden Street Ground on May 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

North Melbourne defender Sam Wright has called time on his AFL career, after 136 games spanning 11 seasons.

Wright was taken with the 27th pick in the 2008 National Draft, before making his debut in round eight, 2009.

The defender last played for North Melbourne in round eight this season against Geelong, with injuries preventing him from pulling on the blue and white one last time.

“I guess the decision’s been coming for a long time,” Wright told the club’s website.

“After the last surgery (on his ankle) I probably knew that I wasn’t going to go around next year, and the advice I’d be given was that I’d probably need to start focusing on life after footy and living a healthy life.

“Me being the stubborn person I am, I wanted to get out and play one more game, but it’s just become pretty evident in the last month that my body just won’t allow me to do that.

“I can’t train and I can’t play at a high enough level to get back and play AFL.”

Wright averaged 15.6 disposals, 2.3 rebound 50s and 4.5 marks per game across his career.

He’ll represent North Melbourne for the last time this Saturday, when he faces off against Box Hill in the VFL.