Ashton Sims announces retirement

Drew Darbyshire

Toronto prop Ashton Sims will retire from rugby league at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old has made over 350 career appearances for St George Illawarra Dragons, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys, Warrington and Toronto.

Sims made his international debut for Fiji in 2008, earning 12 caps and playing in three World Cups.

He commented: “Humbled, undeserving and grateful are the words that come to mind when I reflect on 17 years of professional rugby league.

“To my hometown and junior club Gerringong Lions – you taught me discipline, respect for the game and internal drive to succeed.

“To my parents – thank you for the driving manners, respect and work ethic.

“To St George Illawarra, Brisbane, North Queensland, Warrington, Toronto and Fiji Bati – you have helped turn me into the man I am today. Words can’t describe the sense of pride I feel when I reflect on the times I wore your badges.

“To all the team-mates, coaches and backroom staff – you’ve all made my an impact in my life and I’ve got so much ,love and respect for each of you.

“I’m not the perfect person but I’m striving to be everyday for you guys. If I’ve inspired just one kid to play rugby league then I’m a happy man.”

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