Inspirational North Queensland forward Dallas Johnson has decided the 2013 NRL season will be his finale, ending a career that has featured Test and State of Origin honours and almost 250 first grade matches.
“It is a difficult time and decision to walk away from the game, but having played footy since I was just a kid, and having now had 11 seasons in first grade, I have decided that it is time to move on,” Johnson said.
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“Physically I could probably continue, but mentally I have had enough.
“I’m content with how my career panned out and it is not fair to myself, my teammates or the club to continue if I can’t commit mentally to the level required to play in the NRL after this season.
“The game of rugby league has given me the opportunity to live the dream of so many young kids.
“At some time in the future I’m sure I will pinch myself and reflect on the wonderful memories and friendships that I have from the game.
“I love the game and feel very proud and privileged to have had the opportunities afforded to me but it is time for me to move on and in particular I am looking forward to being able to spend some more time with my young family.”
Johnson indicated that he wasn’t exactly sure what life post this season would hold, but hoped to remain associated with the game in some capacity.