Newcastle veteran Jacob Lillyman to retire

Former Queensland star Jacob Lillyman will call time on his career at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old is currently in his 16thprofessional season at first-grade level, but his first year at Newcastle Knights will be his only season at the club.

Lillyman has made 14 appearances for the Queensland Maroons at State of Origin level and has played over 250 games for North Queensland Cowboys, New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle.

On his decision to retire, he said: “I’ve had an incredible career and I have no regrets.

“I came to the decision quite a while ago. The mind and the body reach appoint where going another year isn’t an option and it’s been a bit of a battle this year.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to play for this great club but at the end of the year, I’m riding off into the sunset.

“I have some fond memories from every club I’ve had the pleasure to play for. I was fortunate to represent my state and make some incredible friendships along the way. I can’t thank my family enough for all their support. It’s been one incredible journey.”

Lillyman will continue to play for the Knights in the NRL for the remainder of the campaign.

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