Penrith prop Tim Grant has taken the selfless decision to terminate his contract with the club after suffering a season-ending pectoral injury.
Grant, 31, was on a one-year deal with the Panthers, and though there was a small chance he could successfully rehabilitate the injury and play again this season, he has instead opted to undergo surgery.
He said: “While it’s obviously disappointing for my time with Panthers to end in these circumstances, I’m immensely proud of what I’ve achieved at the club.
“I want to thank all the Panthers members and fans for their kindness and support over the years.
“I strongly believe in where this club is going and I don’t want to stand in the way of the next local junior getting his chance in the NRL.”
Grant started his career with Penrith, making 122 appearances in his first spell, before moving on to South Sydney and Wests Tigers, returning to the Panthers ahead of the 2019 campaign.
He played two State of Origin games for New South Wales in 2012.
Coach Ivan Cleary said: “Tim has been a true professional that our younger players have been able to learn from.
“He demonstrates a ‘team first’ and ‘club first’ mentality, and through persistence and consistency of performance, he earned a starting spot this season.
“We extend our sincere thanks to Tim for his years of service to the club and wish him all the best for the future.”