WESTERN Bulldogs premiership forward Tory Dickson has announced his retirement.

The 33-year-old informed teammates on Saturday, calling time on a career that spanned 114 games across nine seasons, including the drought-breaking 2016 flag.

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Dickson was a critical member of the premiership, kicking 40 goals that season, including four in the preliminary final against Greater Western Sydney, and three in the Toyota AFL Grand Final triumph against Sydney.

He built a reputation as one of the competition's sharpshooters, finishing with the remarkable goalkicking record of 181.61, for a strike-rate of 75 percent.

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Dickson, who kicked 50.12 in 2015, said the time was right to hang up the boots.

"I'm incredibly proud of everything I have achieved as a Western Bulldogs player," he said.

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"For a long time, I didn't think I would get to play one AFL game and to have played more than 100 games for this club and contribute to our 2016 premiership success was incredible.

"The opportunity the Western Bulldogs have given me is something I will always be grateful for.

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"Making the decision to retire has been incredibly difficult, but I believe it is the right one.

"There have been many people who have helped me along way who I am thankful for.

"My family have been an incredible support, and this year has been challenging on many fronts, including my son Riley being back in Melbourne."

A mature-aged draftee at the age of 24, Dickson joined the Bulldogs with pick 57 in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft following stints with Frankston and Bendigo in the VFL.