Eels skipper Hindmarsh calls time

Nathan Hindmarsh will retire at the end of the season after 15 years with Parramatta.

The Eels skipper, who has represented Australia and New South Wales, revealed the news via a video posted on the club website.

“15 years at this legendary club. It’s hard to believe,” Hindmarsh said in his video.

“I made the decision late last year and informed the coach and people close to me that 2012 was going to be my last season.

“I know there has been a lot of speculation about my career of late and I thank the coach and club for giving me the time I needed to make this decision public.”

The 32-year-old back-rower has made 310 appearances for the Eels and played in two grand finals.

“I will retire as a one club player which I am very proud of,” added Hindmarsh.

“I’m going to finish my career the same way I started – utterly and deeply exhausted – knowing I have tried my best and left it all on the field.”

Eels head coach Stephen Kearney was the first to pay tribute to Hindmarsh’s contribution to the club.

“He’s all about heart and that’s why he’s so respected by everyone who plays the game, as well as loved and admired by those who watch it,” said Kearney.

 “He’s always put the team and this Club first and they are huge shoes to fill.

“It’s been a tough start to the season for us but the lads are focused on improving from here, and making sure Nathan finishes his playing career on a high note.”

 

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