SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Kirisome Auva'a of the Eels scores a try during the round 13 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium on June 2, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Parramatta centre Kirisome Auva’a has announced his retirement from the NRL, after five years in the league.

Auva’a calls time at just 26 years of age, with a chronic back issue the reason for his early retirement.

“My back has been bad for several years and even after surgery a couple of years ago, I’ve had problem after problem,” Auva’a told Wide World of Sports.

“I’m thinking about quality of life after football and it’s a tough call but I believe it to be the right one.