More articles AUSTRALIA’S most popular football player has revealed he will retire from the game next year.

Alexandre Jorgensen was at his best in his final year in the country’s top flight in 2012-13, but has since failed to recapture that form after being ruled out for six months with a hamstring injury.

“I have decided to retire from football in the coming months,” Jorgenson told ABC Sport.

“The last few years have been tough and I am really looking forward to it and it is important for me that I am able to come back and enjoy my football career in the best possible way.”

It has been really tough, but I want to thank everyone for their support over the years.

“Football has been an amazing life experience and I would like to thank my family, my friends and my teammates for making this possible.”

Jorgensen made the announcement on Twitter, sharing a photo of himself with a new tattoo on his left forearm.

He added: “I’m finally coming to terms with this decision, I’ll be honest with you.

I am so excited to retire to my footballing family, the ones I love and have been through so much with, for a new adventure, new challenge and a new life with a family of my own.”

Jornet Jorgensons contract is up in 2021-22, and he has indicated he will be keen to see if there is another opportunity for him to play in the EPL.

“We’ll see how things develop over the next couple of years,” Jornet told the AFL Network’s The Bolt Report on Thursday.

“Hopefully, we’ll be back on top and maybe even one day we’ll get a shot.”

But right now it’s just a decision to put the time in to do something that is really special.”AAP/ABC