Sydney Roosters captain Jake Friend has announced his immediate retirement following extensive medical advice.
The 31-year-old hooker has only ever played for the Roosters, making 268 appearances for the club between 2008-21. He earned one cap for Australia in 2016 and played three games for Queensland last season in State of Origin.
Friend said: “I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the Roosters and rugby league.
“I was 15 when I joined the Roosters and have loved every minute of the journey.
“There are so many people who have played an important role in my career, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all.
“I can’t thank the Roosters staff enough, especially Cathy King, Craig Fitzgibbon, Travis Touma, my teammates Mitch Aubusson, my roomie Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and my manager Steve Gillis who have been on this journey with me since day one.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all the sponsors, members and supporters of this great club.”
— Sydney Roosters 🐓 (@sydneyroosters) April 8, 2021