MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: Dennis Armfield of the Blues gives the thumbs up during the 2017 AFL round 01 match between the Carlton Blues and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 23, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Carlton's Dennis Armfield has announced he will retire at the end of the season, after a career spanning 10 years.

Armfield made his debut for the Blues in round 10, 2008, after being selected with the 46th pick in the 2007 national draft.

“Carlton has obviously been incredibly special to me over the past decade. This place has been my second home and the people; my second family. I am indebted to the Club,” Armfield told carltonfc.com.au.

“I have no doubt it’s going to be pretty hard to leave, the friends and memories I have made here will stay with me for life. But, with the number of exciting young players now coming through, the time feels right to call time.

“I also want to thank our fans for their incredible support over the journey too – they are the lifeblood. As a club, we’re now well and truly on the right path and I hope my teammates experience the ultimate success in the not too distant future.”

The quick forward played 143 games for Carlton, and kicked 75 goals.

Carlton's Head of Football Andrew McKay thanked Armfield for his services, and said he had been an important member of the club's growth over the past few seasons.

“Dennis was the epitome of a team-first footballer and he has been a very loyal servant of the Carlton Football Club for over ten years,” McKay said.

“He has been a fantastic role model for our younger players and along with his on-field contribution, has been a passionate ambassador for a number of charities who have benefitted from his work in that space. His recent integration into the Club’s AFLW program speaks volumes of his genuine passion in helping others.”

“Importantly, on behalf of everyone at the Carlton Football Club, we wish Dennis and his wife Abby the very best for their future.”