Geelong midfielder Joel Corey has joined fellow premiership stars Josh Hunt, Paul Chapman and James Podsiadly in leaving the Cats, the decorated veteran retiring after 276 games.
The dual All-Australian, who won Geelong's 'Carji' Greeves Medal in 2005 and 2008, he was a big-game performer, playing well in four grand finals.
Corey paid tribute to the people of the Geelong Football Club in confirming his departure on Wednesday morning.
"I have been fortunate to have met outstanding people, from players, coaches, staff and trainers that I am proud to call my friends," Corey told his club's website.
"The club has always put its people first, and has always been there for me, helping my development and challenging and supporting me as both a player and a person.
"There are many people to thank: the supporters that have accepted me as a Geelong person and shared their club with me; my family and friends for their unbelievable support that continues; and to the media that always treated me fairly.
"The club is in great shape to continue to be successful. I wish the club, the players and all the people that play a variety of roles behind the scenes all the best in the future years.
"It has been a privilege to play for the Geelong Football Club and I will always be grateful to all the people that have made the experience so fulfilling."
Geelong coach Chris Scott praised Corey, saying he hoped the respected veteran was not lost to the game, saying he was the "ultimate team-first player".
"Joel was one of the most critical players in the Geelong teams that claimed the three premierships. He did a huge amount of contested work in the midfield and was one of the bravest and hardest players in the game.
"He could easily have chased personal accolades, but he instead always put the team's needs ahead of anything else. His team mates loved playing with him and he was a true leader around the club.
"Hopefully Joel stays in the game as he has a lot to offer. He is a player that we have been privileged to have for so long, playing and preparing for the game the right way, week in week out."