WALES legend Jamie Roberts has announced his retirement at the age of 35.

The powerhouse centre won 94 caps for his country and also represented the British and Irish Lions.

Newport-born Roberts was granted an early release from his two-year contract at the Dragons, who he played for 24 times, earlier this year to join his family in Australia.

He played for the Waratahs, adding them to a CV that includes Cardiff, Bath, Harlequins, Racing 92 and the Stormers.

"The time feels right," Roberts wrote on social media. "As I reach the end of my professional playing career, I'm retiring with an immense sense of gratitude for what the game has provided to me."

South Wales Argus: Jamie Roberts on the charge for the DragonsJamie Roberts on the charge for the Dragons

Roberts, who was converted from a full-back/wing into centre, made his international debut in 2008.

He went on to be part of a pair of Grand Slams and three Six Nations triumphs while he played in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

Roberts was the Lions' man of the series in 2009 in the 2-1 defeat to South Africa and scored a try in the third Test win against Australia four years later that sealed the series.

"Representing my country was always a childhood dream, I'm fortunate it became reality," he said.

"It meant the world to me and forever will. I'll also never forget the immense pride of captaining my country.

South Wales Argus: Wales’ Jamie Roberts is joining Bath (David Davies/PA)

"Singing the anthem had the same impact whether at home in Cardiff, away at some of the most iconic stadiums in world rugby, or during two Rugby World Cups.

"I'll remember fondly reaching the pinnacle of representative rugby and touring twice with the Lions.

"The joys and despair I experienced on both tours amounted to nothing short of experiences of a lifetime.

"The rugby experience with the Barbarians, culminating in victory against the All Blacks also ranks high amongst my favourite weeks in rugby.

"I finish with some incredible memories and a heart full. I'm proud to finish knowing I found my calling at number 12. That battle on the advantage line defined me on and off the field."