CARLTON stalwart Matthew Kreuzer has announced his retirement.

The highly respected ruckman told his Blues teammates on Thursday that he has played his last game for the club, following a season ravaged by injury after suffering a fractured foot in March.

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Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer in the hands of trainers after this clash in the ruck duel

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Kreuzer, the No.1 draft pick back in 2007, played 189 games for Carlton throughout a valued 13-year career at Ikon Park that was often hampered by a number of frustrating injury setbacks.

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He ruptured his ACL in 2010, dealt with a number of other knee and ankle injuries, while he also endured two serious foot injuries and missed a number of matches due to multiple elevated heartrate issues.

The 2007 NAB AFL Draft class (L-R): Jarrad Grant, Trent Cotchin, Matthew Kreuzer, Brad Ebert, Patrick Dangerfield, Chris Masten and Cale Morton. Picture: AFL Photos

Kreuzer, 31, enjoyed perhaps his best season in 2017, averaging 15.3 disposals and 31.7 hitouts per game in a campaign that culminated in a top-three finish in the club's best and fairest count and a place in the 40-man Virgin Australia AFL All Australian squad.

His retirement leaves Carlton with just two full-time ruckmen on its list, with off-season recruit Marc Pittonet and developing youngster Tom De Koning sharing the load in Kreuzer's absence this season.