Collingwood Magpies player Dane Swan announces his retirement at the Glasshouse in Melbourne, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. The 2011 Brownlow medallist announced on Tuesday he would not play on in 2017, ending his 258-game career with the Magpies. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING
Collingwood Magpies player Dane Swan announces his retirement at the Glasshouse in Melbourne, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. The 2011 Brownlow medallist announced on Tuesday he would not play on in 2017, ending his 258-game career with the Magpies. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING JULIAN SMITH

Swan has played his last game for Collingwood

AFL: Dane Swan has let his head rule his heart after pulling the pin on his glittering career.

Swan confirmed this season would be his last, telling teammates and fans yesterday, his time at Collingwood was at an end.

The 2011 Brownlow medallist broke three bones in his foot in the opening round of this campaign against Sydney and the 32-year-old hasn't played since.

He said in his heart he wanted to play on but the injury proved to be too much of a hurdle to overcome.

"I just knew it was time,” he said. "It feels like if I kicked a footy my foot would smash into 1000 pieces.”

Swan, who played 258 games for the Magpies and was a five-time All Australian.

"Playing football for Collingwood was fun,” Swan said. "As some of you may have gathered over the years it is a powerful motivation of mine. In a way, I will never leave Collingwood because I know Collingwood will never leave me.”

While Swan decided enough was enough fellow veterans Luke Hodge, Shaun Burgoyne and Josh Gibson will play on next season.

Hodge, 32, Burgoyne, 33, and Gibson, 32, have won a combined 11 flags - with Burgoyne also taking one with Port Adelaide in 2004 - and agreed to one-year contract extensions..

"Luke, Shaun and Josh are all integral to our football club,” Hawthorn list manager Graham Wright said.

"Importantly all three individually were very keen to play on and their form warranted it, so it was an easy decision to make.

"Each of them plays an invaluable role for us both on and off the field.”

Burgoyne and Gibson have only missed one game this season between them.

Hodge, meanwhile, broke his arm and suffered a knee injury earlier in the campaign, playing 12 games

Hawthorn must beat Collingwood on Sunday to make the top four for the sixth season in a row.


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