Stefan Martin has announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the AFL, playing 203 games across his career.

Martin made his debut in Round 14, 2008 for Melbourne, going on to play 57 games for the club before making the move to Brisbane. The 35-year-old enjoyed eight years as a Lion, playing 133 games and earning a club best and fairest award in 2015.

The ruckman concludes his career as a Bulldog, having played 12 games in red, white and blue since making the move at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

A a mature-age pre-season Draft selection in 2007, Martin only began playing football at 19, soon invited to play with Sandringham in the VFL where he caught the eye of the Demons.

Speaking to club media, Martin said he was grateful for the opportunity across all three clubs he played for.

“It has truly been an amazing ride, and I'm extremely grateful to have played at the highest level for 15 seasons,” Martin said.

“It's been a privilege to experience playing at three terrific organisations, and I'd like to personally thank everyone who has helped me over my career at the Melbourne, Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs football clubs.

“I am also appreciative of the fans who have supported me throughout my playing journey.

“After being a late starter to the game of AFL, to play 200 AFL games is something I'm enormously proud of.

“I leave the game with so many happy memories, strong bonds, lifelong friendships, and the knowledge that the game has made me a better person.

“I can finish up knowing that I gave absolutely everything I had, and I hope I was able to leave a positive impact on the three clubs I represented, and the team-mates I played alongside.”