AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 09: Kaysa Pritchard of the Eels beats the tackle from Ligi Sao of the Warriors during the round six NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Parramatta Eels at Mt Smart Stadium on April 9, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Eels hooker Kaysa Pritchard has announced his retirement from the game due to injuries.

The 25-year old took time away from the game earlier in the season to weigh up his future, ultimately opting to hang up the boots.

Pritchard thanked the Parramatta for his time at the club.

“I feel privileged to have played rugby league professionally, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that have come with it,” Pritchard told the club website.

“I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and support staff who I have worked with, and I’d like to acknowledge all the fans and members who have supported me.”

The Samoan international made his NRL debut with the Eels in 2013, totalling 47 games during his time there.

Pritchard has already moved on to the next stage of his career, having completed his HR licence, crane and forklift tickets, dogging, rigging and construction certificates and studying hiss Cert 3 in carpentry.

Eels CEO Bernie Gurr thanked Pritchard for his contributions to the club.

“Kaysa has been such a tough and fierce competitor, has always given his best and he will always be part of the Eels family. Kaysa will be missed here at the Eels and we wish him all the best with his future.” Bernie said.