Hull KR full-back Lachlan Coote has made the decision to retire with immediate effect on medical advice following a series of concussions over the past two seasons.
The 33-year-old brings down the curtain on a glittering 15-year professional career, having made more than 250 career appearances for Penrith Panthers, North Queensland Cowboys, St Helens and Hull KR.
Coote, a NRL Premiership winner, three-time Super League Grand Final winner and Challenge Cup winner, also earned international honours with Great Britain and Scotland.
Coote had already announced his plans to retire at the end of the season, but earlier this week he received medical advice to retire immediately.
Hull KR coach Willie Peters said: “On behalf of everyone at Hull KR, we’d like to congratulate Lachlan on a wonderful 15-year career.
“Lachlan is a proven winner and will no doubt continue that into his retirement.
“His leadership qualities are right up there with the best and he’s achieved everything in the game.
“It’s a sad situation for Lachlan having to retire halfway through the season. However, his health and family come first and the decision is the right one for him and his family.”
Lachlan Coote: It’s time to put my health, my future & my family first
Lachlan Coote said it was a ‘difficult decision’ to hang up his boots with immediate effect – but it was the right one for him and his family.
Coote said: “After suffering another concussion at Magic Round, my fifth concussion in less than two years, I knew I was going to be faced with some tough conversations.
“Over the past three weeks I have focused on gathering as much information as I can from the concussion specialist to help me make a decision on my time left here at KR.
“With all the support from my coach, Willie Peters, Paul Lakin, Neil Hudgell and the medical team at Hull KR, I have made a very difficult decision to retire immediately.
“Rugby league has always come first before anything, now I think it’s time to put my health, my future, my family first, and hopefully, have a long and healthy life with the ones that have supported me my whole career and will continue to support me for the rest of my life, my two beautiful kids and my beautiful wife, Laura.
“I’m still finding it hard to come to terms with this decision and it has been a very emotional few days, knowing that I will not get to play alongside my team-mates again and finish off what we started.
“I know this club and this team will be just fine without me”
“There are exciting times ahead for Hull KR. Sewell Group Craven Park is a very special place to me and I have loved every moment playing in front of the heart and soul of this club, the Hull KR fans.
“I want to thank you all for the love and support you have shown me and my family, it’s been a pleasure to have been a small part of this great club’s history.”
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Hull KR chief executive Paul Lakin added: “Nothing is more important than health and family and we’ve no doubt Lachlan has made the right decision, whilst fully understanding how difficult that decision has been.
“It’s evident to see within the club the overwhelmingly positive impact Lachlan has made at Hull KR as a player, leader and person.
“We wish Lachlan and his family all the best for the future as they start their new, exciting chapter back home in Australia.”