SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Luke Lewis of the Sharks celebrates after his 300th NRL match during the round 20 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Southern Cross Group Stadium on July 21, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cronulla Sharks forward Luke Lewis will bring down the curtain on his decorated career after announcing he will retire from the game at the end of the 2018 season.

A member of the illustrious 300-game club, Lewis has represented his State and Country, while also winning two Premierships, including winning the Clive Churchill Medal as the Man of the Match during the Sharks 2016 Premiership.

"It's been an awesome 18 years and I've loved every minute of it. I'll retire with great memories," Lewis said on the club website.

"My family and friends have obviously given me great support over the years, I've made long-time and what will be life-long friendships, with people in and around the game but also outside of footy. And I also want to give a massive thanks to the fans.

"I've had fantastic support, not just at the Sharks, not only when I was at the Panthers, but from rugby league fans in general, people who have always supported and stuck by me. I couldn't have got to where I am now without them.

"Growing up in the area and playing for Penrith was a huge thrill for me and I'm thankful for the years I spent at the Panthers and I'm grateful for the opportunity to come to the Sharks six years ago.

"Playing in a Grand Final at the Sharks and to win the first premiership in the club's history, the mates I've made while I've been here, it's something I'll hold close for the rest of my life."

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