AFL: Daniel Kerr's mind is as sharp as ever, but his body has led to him cutting himself from West Coast's playing list.
The 30-year-old announced his retirement yesterday after 220 games at the highest level and a premiership with the Eagles in 2006.
Also a runner-up in the 2005 Brownlow Medal and an All-Australian in 2007, the champion midfielder (pictured) who was drafted in 2000 has battled ongoing knee problems in recent times.
"I've been lucky to be able to wake up every day and do what I love, but lately it has become harder to get my body to carry out my mind's instructions," Kerr said.
"It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I probably wasn't going to be able to play to the standard that I wanted, but I recognise that my best football is past me and it's time to step aside to let the new generation through.
"I've had the time of my life at this football club and I've made friends that I'll keep until the end of my days." His retirement follows those of fellow Eagles Adam Selwood, Andrew Embley and Mark Nicoski this year.
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