ESSENDON veterans DavidHille and Nathan Lovett-Murray will play farewell games against Richmond onSaturday night after announcing their retirement. 

A former captain and 2008best and fairest winner, Hille, 32, had to be persuaded to sign a one-yearcontract this season after contemplating hanging up his boots at the end of2012. 

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

"A lot of the youngguys have developed really well and I've got a lot of confidence in the teammoving forward; I'd love to be a part of it but I'm not going to be, and I wishthem all the best. 

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

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

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

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

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

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