Harlequins utility player Joe Mbu has announced his retirement from playing rugby league.
Mbu made over 100 Super League appearances for the London club and now plans to spend time with his young family.
Mbu made his Super League debut against Bradford in 2003 and at the time was one of only a handful of Londoners in the Broncos squad. He cemented a regular position in the squad and featured in the 2003 and 2005 Super League playoffs.
Earlier this year he made his 100th Super League appearance for the London Club.
Mbu said he hopes to maintain an involvement in rugby league whilst he focuses his attention on his family and young daughter:
“In all my years here there have been too many highlights to mention, although getting into the playoffs does stand out particularly.
“When I joined I was one of very few London players at the club and it’s been great to see that change over the years. I always knew it was just a matter of time, given the sheer talent available in the capital.
“I got married last year and we had our first child in July so I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife and daughter. I’d like to remain in the sport at some level. It’s in my blood and I can’t see myself leaving it behind without suffering from withdrawal.”
Head coach, Brian McDermott, praised Joe for his enormous contribution to the club over the years:
“Joe came to us as a junior and throughout his time has been an outstanding servant. You can’t put a value on his contribution to this club, he’s been priceless
“There’s no job to big or small for Joe; on and off the field he’s been a legend. Myself and the rest of the team wish him all the very best for the future.”
Harlequins chairman, David Hughes, said: “I’d like to thank Joe for everything he has done for Harlequins Rugby League throughout his long service at the club. From putting his body on the line every week on the pitch, to helping our community programme, Joe has helped make this club what it is today.
“I wish Joe and his family all the best for the future.”