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Freo legend Matthew Pavlich to leave the game 'wrung dry'

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Matthew Pavlich will play his final career match against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, August 28 - ${keywords}
Matthew Pavlich will play his final career match against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, August 28

FREMANTLE champion Matthew Pavlich says he will finish his career in round 23 with the "sponge wrung dry" after 17 seasons.

Pavlich confirmed he would play the final game of his decorated career against the Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium in the final game the home-and-away season.

The date of the Dockers' farewell to their greatest player, who will play his 350th match on Sunday against the Sydney Swans, was confirmed on Tuesday when the AFL released the round 23 fixture

"In a lot of ways I'm really content that there's not much left to give," Pavlich told Fox Footy on Tuesday night.

"I'm just looking forward to finishing the season off individually in good form and certainly helping my teammates launch towards 2017.

"I have nothing left to give and I can walk away feeling quite fulfilled."

If Pavlich plays every remaining game, he will finish on 354 matches - the 14th-most in VFL/AFL history. 

The 34-year-old said he had given a lot of thought to retiring at the end of last season but his mind and body had been willing and he was content with his decision to play on.

Working with the club's young players had made continuing his career rewarding despite the Dockers' rapid fall into the bottom four on the ladder.

"There's always bits of gold so I've really enjoyed that," he said.

"In some ways I can leave a legacy of hard work, determination and fighting through when times are tough."

To come so close to winning a premiership in 2013 leaves a hole in Pavlich's CV.

But the game-changing star – who was named All Australian six times in five different positions – said he had no bitterness towards the game after the Dockers gave it their best shot.

He said criticism of his form in 2016, in which he has kicked 24 goals in 14 games, did not concern him. 

"I feel like I've contributed pretty strongly to the team," he said.

"It's been a really challenging year, we haven't got the ball in our forward half anywhere near as much as we'd like and as a forward you're always a byproduct of what's happening up the field.

"I don't have any regrets at all, I'm really content with my decision to play on and in a lot of ways really fulfilled with that decision."