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Western Bulldogs midfielder Lin Jong announces AFL retirement

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Western Bulldogs midfielder Lin Jong has announced his retirement from the AFL.

The 28-year-old has played 65 senior games during a near decade-long stint with the Bulldogs and was part of two VFL premierships with the club's reserves.

He managed just one appearance this year, suffering a serious hamstring injury in round six against GWS.

Jong has been ruled out of action for the rest of the season, prompting his decision to call time on his AFL career.

"I've done everything I can to try to get back out there this year, but unfortunately time's run out on me being able to do that and I'm comfortable that it's the right time to hang up the boots," Jong said.

"For the past 10 years, I've been fortunate to play football at the highest level for the Western Bulldogs.

"I've come a long way as a person and a footballer in that time and I'm really proud of everything I've achieved."

Jong endured a wretched run with injury in recent years, including two broken collarbones, a broken jaw, an anterior cruciate ligament tear and a ruptured appendix.

"There have been some injury setbacks but I wouldn't have my journey any other way," he said.

"I'm grateful to everyone who has supported me across the years - all my teammates and coaches, the medical staff, trainers and our Bulldogs fans.

"And to my family and close friends, who have been with me every step of the journey.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season holds for us and am excited about stepping into the next chapter of my life."

Jong's impact at the Bulldogs has extended beyond the playing field.

He has been a mentor with Western Bulldogs community foundation programs, an AFL multicultural ambassador and a Movember ambassador.