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Veteran Bomber David Hille is retiring from AFL football

ESSENDON veterans David Hille and Nathan Lovett-Murray will play farewell games against Richmond on Saturday night after announcing their retirement. 

A former captain and 2008 best and fairest winner, Hille, 32, had to be persuaded to sign a one-year contract this season after contemplating hanging up his boots at the end of 2012. 

"I've really enjoyed the people and friends I've made over my time at the football club," he said on Thursday. 

"A lot of the young guys have developed really well and I've got a lot of confidence in the team moving forward; I'd love to be a part of it but I'm not going to be, and I wish them all the best. 

"The place has changed a lot, as it will in the future, and the club heads out to Tullamarine next year which is another positive step." 

Hiller has played 196 matches, but only three this season. 

Essendon said Lovett-Murray, 30, would be remembered as a 'warrior' of the club. 

"When I first came to the club I was hoping to play one game and I've played 145; I've had a really good run and it's a great club," he said. 

"I was lucky enough to play in a couple of finals, but playing in the Dreamtime game and on Anzac Day was always a big highlight of my career." 

"The club has given me a lot of opportunities and being at a club such as Essendon, and the community work they do, has helped me with the work I do with the indigenous community."