WEST Coast veterans Adam Selwood andMark Nicoski have announced their retirement from AFL football.
The two 29-year-olds held veteran statuson West Coast's list in 2013 but neither is going to play on next year.
Selwood has played just eight games in2013 as he has battled ongoing back issues.
The 186-game stalwart has been a loyallieutenant for Eagles coach John Worsfold over his 11-season career and willretire at season's end.
"It was a pretty easydecision in the end," Selwood told a media conference on Thursday.
"I've had a really good run with injury. Iwas running really well come January, doing my PBs and ready for agood season.
"But at the end of the day, I ended up getting aback 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 andfairest in 2007 and 2008 and was an integral part of the Eagles 2006premiership side.
"I never reallywanted 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 hismost reliable leaders at West Coast - and thinks he still could play again thisseason.
"We always rated him really highly,"Worsfold said.
"Very consistent player, dependable, andreally impacted on all areas of the field.
"Adam won't play this week against Geelong, buthe's still pushing hard to be available to help us throughout the remainder ofthis season, and he's in good enough form to warrant looking at beingselected."
Nicoski's career has been cruelled byinjury and his retirement is effective immediately.
The left-footer's best season came in2011 when he played 25 matches and kicked 41 goals, but he hasn't played sincethe 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 reallyknow when the game taps you on the shoulder, and it did that night at AAMIStadium because I never got where an Eagles jumper ever again," Nicoskisaid.
Nicoski returned in the WAFL in 2013playing two reserves and four league matches for Subiaco before wrist surgeryended his career.
He damaged the scapholunate ligament,which is critical to the function of his right wrist.
"The severityof what I've done to my wrist far outweighs any other injury that I've hadthroughout my career," Nicoski said.
"As hard asthat [hamstring] injury was I think this is the one that's pushed me over theedge."
He finishes on 112 games for West Coastafter being drafted as a rookie in 2003.
Nicoski played in the 2005 Grand Finalbut missed the 2006 premiership.
"Those 100 games I managed to ooze out ofmyself, 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 thisexperience with a best friend in Adam.
"When I injured my hamstring last year, I had acouple of operations in successive weeks and there was oneconsistent thing apart from my family and my girlfriend, and that wasAdam Selwood coming to visit me in every hospital I was in in those threeweeks.
"At that point, I knew I had a specialfriend."
Worsfold said Nicoski's achievements were remarkable for aplayer coming off the rookie list.
"His performance in 2011 rates up there with all ourgun small forwards.
"It was an outstanding season."