Sydney Roosters club captain Mitch Aubusson will retire from rugby league at the end of the 2020 season.
The 32-year-old is currently the second most-capped player in the club’s history with 301 games to date, scoring 66 tries.
Aubusson said: “This is a decision I’ve thought long and hard about. I’m still really enjoying my footy and love being around the team we have here at the Roosters, but I have no doubt that it’s the right time to make this call.
“I remember as a 15-year-old growing up thinking I’d love to just play one game of first-grade, and to be able to reflect on the career I’ve had so far, and to have done it all with the Roosters is something I’m incredibly proud of. The Sydney Roosters club and everyone who’s a part of it means everything to me.
“There are many people who have played an important role in helping me in my career throughout the years, and I’d like to extend my thanks to them all, right back to my junior clubs the Ballina Seagulls and Mittagong Lions.
“I was lucky enough to be recruited to the Roosters by the great Artie Beetson, and I’ll always be grateful for that day. I wouldn’t be here without him.
“I also can’t thank the staff here at the Roosters, especially Cath King and Dee Michailidis, as well as our supporters and sponsors enough.
“To our chairman Nick Politis and our board of directors, thank you for your unwavering support. Nick, to you especially. Our club is so lucky to have had you leading the way for over 40 years now.
“I also want to make a special mention of Trent Robinson. He’s the best coach I’ve ever had, and he’s also a mate. He has challenged me every day, and I’m a better player and man for it. To Craig Fitzgibbon and all our coaching staff, thank you for setting the bar every day, and most importantly for your friendship.
“I’ve been blessed to play with some pretty special people here at the Roosters over the years, many I’m proud to call my closest friends, and I’d like to thank them. To my current team-mates, we’re a tight group and I’m so privileged every time I get to run out with you.
“Most importantly, I would like to thank my family; my parents for everything they did to support me, my brothers for always being there to throw a footy around with when we were kids, and most of all my wife Laura and our children Daisy and Odie. They’re the three most important people in the world to me and I can’t wait to spend more time with them.”
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