SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 04: Ben Hannant of the Cowboys runs the ball during the 2015 NRL Grand Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Decorated National Rugby League prop and North Queensland Toyota Cowboys premiership winner Ben Hannant has called time on a storied career, announcing his retirement from the game, effective immediately.

The 31-year-old forward – who has played 52 games for the Cowboys over the past two seasons – said injuries and medical advice prompted him to call time on his playing days, a decision he didn’t make lightly.

The veteran prop said it became evident after recent knee surgery that the best decision for his family and his body was to retire.

“After my latest surgery, I was spending a lot of time wondering if I could go around for another year rather than knowing that I could, and that was a big thing for me,” Hannant said.

“I’ve always given 100 per cent and I didn’t want to let my teammates down during the season.

“Also, family considerations were a big part of the decision. I want to be running around with my kids as they grow up.

“My family and I have absolutely loved my time here in Townsville with the Cowboys. The home crowds are simply brilliant and I will always remember that special feeling of greeting the fans and members after a win at home.

“Nothing topped that and the fact the Cowboys are such a family-orientated club made it a special place to play.”

Cowboys 2021 Player Movements

2021 Gains
None
2021 Losses
None
Re-Signed
Jake Clifford (2021), Kyle Feldt (2024), Tom Gilbert (2022), Shane Wright (2021)
Off Contract 2020
John Asiata, Ben Condon, Gavin Cooper, Reuben Cotter, Mitchell Dunn, Wiremu Greig, Francis Molo, Tom Opacic, Emry Pere, Dan Russell, Tukimihia Simpkins, Garrett Smith, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

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