Young Cronulla Sharks forward Fine Kula has announced his early retirement after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
The 21-year-old front-rower graduated through the grades since joining the Club as a 15-year-old and had been training with the first-team squad before Christmas.
Kula is a former NSWRL Matthews Cup Player of the Year in 2015 and Jersey Flegg premiership winner in 2018.
After a series of headaches, tests revealed Kula was suffering brain cancer. He is now being treated in Liverpool Hospital, New South Wales.
A Sharks club statement read: “The Sharks are offering their full support to Kula and his family at this difficult time, with details being worked through, in consultation with the Men of League Foundation, regarding fundraising activities aimed at assisting with the on-going costs associated with his treatment.
“The Cronulla Club, NRL coaching staff and the playing group are rallying around Kula and his family, with Sharks welfare staff also providing support and assistance.”