Chris Lawrence announces retirement

Wests Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence has announced that he will retire at the end of the current NRL season at the age of 31.

Lawrence will retire as just one of three to play 250 top grade games for the Wests Tigers, and will bring down the curtain on a career spanning 15 years in the top grade at the end of the current season.

He is currently equal with Benji Marshall as the club’s all-time top try-scorer, and remains the youngest player in club history to make his NRL debut in 2006 — starring in an upset win over the Brisbane Broncos at just 17 years and 283 days

He has also represented Australia, NSW City and the Prime Minister’s XIII.

“There’s a lot that I admire about Chris, from his toughness to his character on and off the field,” said head coach Michael Maguire.

“In doing so, Chris has set the standard for what local juniors of Wests Tigers should aspire to be.

“To have played the entirety of his 15-year career with Wests Tigers, Chris has shown tremendous determination and drive in all that he does, and I am sure the future generations of this great club will always look up to that.”

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