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Bomber out for 200: Mathew Stokes to retire after Dogs clash

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Mathew Stokes of the Bombers in action during the 2016 AFL Round 21 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Mathew Stokes will play his 200th and final game on Sunday

ESSENDON has revealed Mathew Stokes will play his 200th and final game on Sunday when the Bombers take on the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

Coach John Worsfold confirmed the news on the club's website with little fanfare on the same week the Bombers celebrate Adam Cooney's 250th game.

Stokes, 31, was coaxed into one last year as a top-up player, after 12 Bombers were handed year-long doping bans.

The two-time premiership player retired after being delisted by Geelong at the end of last season, but along with long-time teammate James Kelly, decided to join Essendon.

Stokes lined up in 10 matches this season and averaged 18 disposals per game, with hamstring and groin injuries limiting him.

He has kicked 209 goals from 199 games and was a member of the Cats' 2007 and '11 premiership sides.