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Collingwood premiership hero Sharrod Wellingham will play for East Perth in 2018 after ending his time with the West Coast Eagles.

Wellingham, 29, played 171 games for the Magpies and the Eagles between 2007 and 2017.

A member of West Coast's Grand Final team in 2015, he managed only 13 games this year, and slipped off their list at the conclusion of the trade period.

Famously, Wellingham was a key member of Collingwood's 15th VFL/ AFL premiership in 2010.


Sharrod Wellingham returns the premiership cup into the MCG change rooms as the players celebrate Collingwood's 2010 premiership.

He played 24 of a possible 26 games during that famous year, averaging a career-high 19.5 disposals and kicking 15 goals. Aged 22, he complemented the Swan-Pendlebury-Thomas-Ball midfield perfectly, bobbing up to kick goals at key junctures, including two against St Kilda in the Grand Final Replay.

After 92 senior games in Black and White, Wellingham was traded to West Coast at the end of the 2012 season.

Following the team's seven-year premiership reunion on Saturday, Wellingham posted a photo of the group to Instagram, signing off on an eleven-year journey that began when he was added to Collingwood's rookie list at the end of 2006.

Sending off an amazing 11 years in the game, great catching up with these great men! #partypies #chat

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