Cheyse Blair announces retirement via social media

Josh McAllister
Cheyse Blair Castleford Tigers

Former NRL and Super League utility Cheyse Blair has announced his retirement from rugby league via social media, aged 31. 

The Australian-born player began his career at Sydney Roosters as a youngster, but would make his professional debut with Parramatta Eels in 2012.

He went on to make 28 appearances for the club across a two-year stint before moving to Many Sea Eagles the season following their 2013 NRL Grand Final appearance.

The NRL outside-back then move to Melbourne Storm in 2016, and appeared in the Grand Final that same season, losing 14-12 to Cronulla.

During his stint Down Under, Blair also made one appearance for New South Wales Country in 2017.

He made the switch to Super League ahead of the 2019 season with Castleford Tigers on a three-and-a-half year deal, and went on to make 52 appearances, scoring 10 tries.

Cheyse Blair announces retirement via social media

Blair shared on Instagram: “Well, where do I start? As I childhood dream to play NRL to going on to playing 12 years of professional rugby league.

“I’d agree I’ve had a rollercoaster of a career, a few injuries here and there but I wouldn’t change a bit.

“Footy was all I’ve known and cared about. It’s been a hell of a ride. I’ve met so many great people in this time and made lifelong friends.

“I want to say I’m hanging the laces up from professional rugby league. 

“Coaching staff, thank you for the great opportunity to play this great game.

“To the fans, cheers for all the support and love of the long sleeve. Also cheers to the keyboard warriors, you all kept a smile on my face and kept it entertaining. To Tam and my beautiful family thanks for sticking by me this hole time, I love you.

“Now the real life begins.”

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