South Sydney captain Greg Inglis has announced he will retire at the end of the 2020 season, while also hanging up his representative boots at the end of the 2019 campaign.
The 32-year-old currently has 261 NRL games to his name, and could be in line to play his 300th in his final season of rugby league.
“It’s what I’ve known. I feel like I have given everything I have to the game, and it’s given me everything that I have in my life,” Inglis told rabbitohs.com.au.
“If it wasn’t for the Storm I would not have had the chance to fulfil my life’s dream.
“At the Rabbitohs, and as I’ve grown older, I’ve become a leader, a captain and a mentor to the current and next generation of young Rabbitohs to wear this proud Red and Green jersey.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to represent my country, my state, and my people and those are memories that I will cherish forever.
“To all of the coaching staff, players, family, friends, administration staff, Members and fans of the game, Todd Greenberg and his team at the NRL, I want to say a massive thank you for everything that the game has given me. I owe everything to the game.
“I grew up loving the sport of Rugby League, there is no other sport for me, and I’ve been lucky enough to live out my dream.
“Therefore, 2020 will be my last season of NRL football. By announcing this now it means I can focus on the job at hand here at South Sydney over the next two years.
“It will also be my final year of rep footy in 2019, if I’m fortunate enough to be selected, and I will give everything I have to the Australian and Queensland jerseys as I have throughout my career.
“It’s time for myself to look forward and move onto my next chapter in life.
“We have a job to do over the next two years on the field at Souths and following that I still want to be involved with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, whether it’s in a coaching or football role under Shane Richardson or working with the community and Souths Cares under general manager Alisha Parker-Elrez.
“Finally, once again, thank you to everyone that has made it possible for me to live my dream and I can assure you that over the next two seasons I will be giving 100% to achieving the success we want at South Sydney.”