HAWTHORN champion Shaun Burgoyne will play his 407th and final AFL game against Richmond on Saturday.

The 38-year-old informed his Hawks teammates of the decision to retire on Thursday.

In July against former club Port Adelaide, 'Silk’ became just the fifth player in VFL/AFL history to reach the 400-game milestone.

Burgoyne was part of Hawthorn's historic premiership three-peat (2013-2015) and also tasted the ultimate success in Port's first AFL flag in 2004.

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Shaun Burgoyne becomes the fifth player in VFL/AFL history to notch the 400-game milestone

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Burgoyne joined Hawthorn ahead of the 2010 season, following 157 games over nine seasons with the Power.

He has appeared in 35 finals games, second only to Hawthorn legend Michael Tuck (39 finals).

Head of football Rob McCartney said Burgoyne's influence both on and off field was second to none.

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"I know I speak on behalf of anyone and everyone that has crossed paths with Shaun over his football journey in saying that it has been an honour to work alongside a man of his character and skill," McCartney said.

"He is the epitome of what we value at Hawthorn, with his immense commitment to family values whilst also possessing a relentlessness to constantly strive to get the best out of himself as well as those around him.

"He is an incredible father and husband and on behalf of the Hawthorn Football Club, I would like to wish Shaun, Amy and their four kids Ky, Leni, Percy and Nixie all the best in the next chapter of their lives."