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Selwood, Nicoski announce retirements

Adam Selwood in action during the AFL Round 21 match between the Melbourne Demons and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.
West Coast veteran Adam Selwood is retiring from AFL football
I've sweated with them, I've bled with them, I've hurt with them, and I'm just temporarily saying goodbye to them now
Mark Nicoski on his Eagles teammates

WEST Coast veterans Adam Selwood and Mark Nicoski have announced their retirement from AFL football. 

The two 29-year-olds held veteran status on West Coast's list in 2013 but neither is going to play on next year. 

Selwood has played just eight games in 2013 as he has battled ongoing back issues. 

The 186-game stalwart has been a loyal lieutenant for Eagles coach John Worsfold over his 11-season career and will retire at season's end. 

"It was a pretty easy decision in the end," Selwood told a media conference on Thursday. 

"I've had a really good run with injury. I was running really well come January, doing my PBs and ready for a good season. 

"But at the end of the day, I ended up getting a back injury that's held me back a fair bit this year. 

"And I just couldn't hit the heights I needed to. It affected my form." 

Selwood finished third in the best and fairest in 2007 and 2008 and was an integral part of the Eagles 2006 premiership side. 

"I never really wanted too many accolades," he said. 

"It was more achieving success as a team, and fortunately enough for me I was able to find myself in the right team, playing the right role and we were able to win a premiership. 

"That sits very fondly." 

Worsfold said Selwood was one of his most reliable leaders at West Coast - and thinks he still could play again this season. 

"We always rated him really highly," Worsfold said. 

"Very consistent player, dependable, and really impacted on all areas of the field. 

"Adam won't play this week against Geelong, but he's still pushing hard to be available to help us throughout the remainder of this season, and he's in good enough form to warrant looking at being selected." 

Nicoski's career has been cruelled by injury and his retirement is effective immediately. 

The left-footer's best season came in 2011 when he played 25 matches and kicked 41 goals, but he hasn't played since the 2012 NAB Cup Grand Final when he suffered a devastating hamstring injury. 

"Part of my message to the boys just before was, I guess you never really know when the game taps you on the shoulder, and it did that night at AAMI Stadium because I never got where an Eagles jumper ever again," Nicoski said.

Nicoski returned in the WAFL in 2013 playing two reserves and four league matches for Subiaco before wrist surgery ended his career. 

He damaged the scapholunate ligament, which is critical to the function of his right wrist. 

"The severity of what I've done to my wrist far outweighs any other injury that I've had throughout my career," Nicoski said. 

"As hard as that [hamstring] injury was I think this is the one that's pushed me over the edge." 

He finishes on 112 games for West Coast after being drafted as a rookie in 2003. 

Nicoski played in the 2005 Grand Final but missed the 2006 premiership.  

"Those 100 games I managed to ooze out of myself, I played with a handful of guys in that room. 

"I've sweated with them, I've bled with them, I've hurt with them, and I'm just temporarily saying goodbye to them now. 

"It was difficult, but I walk away from this experience with a best friend in Adam. 

"When I injured my hamstring last year, I had a couple of operations in successive weeks and there was one consistent thing apart from my family and my girlfriend, and that was Adam Selwood coming to visit me in every hospital I was in in those three weeks. 

"At that point, I knew I had a special friend." 

Worsfold said Nicoski's achievements were remarkable for a player coming off the rookie list. 

"His performance in 2011 rates up there with all our gun small forwards. 

"It was an outstanding season."