Ex-Eagle Lynch retires from AFL
Quinten Lynch during West Coast's successful finals campaign of 2006. Pic: WA News

West Coast premiership winner Quinten Lynch has announced his retirement from AFL.

The glove-wearing Collingwood forward, who helped the Eagles to the 2006 flag, told his teammates today.

Lynch, who made his West Coast debut in 2002, played 209 times for the club and kicked 272 goals.

He then switched to the Magpies as one of AFL's first free agents, making his debut in 2013. But a broken leg sustained in the VFL earlier this season hampered his time with the club.

“I have enjoyed a wonderful ride,” Lynch told the Collingwood website.

“The frustrations of this year have only been a small part of a long career I never thought I would have. It was fantastic to enjoy success with the Eagles and to finish my career in Melbourne with the experience of playing on the MCG in front of big crowds for a wonderful club.

“I have a lot of people to thank at two clubs and, hopefully, a lot of team-mates to catch up with on both sides of the country in the years to come.”

Quinten Lynch factbox

Debut: 2002

Matches: 227 (2013-14: 18 with Collingwood), (2002-2012: 209 with West Coast)

Goals: 290 (18 for Collingwood/272 West Coast)

Awards: West Coast premiership side 2006; West Coast leading goal kicker 2006, 2007; West Coast best and fairest runner-up 2008

The West Australian

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