Bryan Norrie

Melbourne Storm forward Bryan Norrie has announced his immediate retirement from rugby league.

Norrie, 30, made the difficult decision following medical advice on a neck injury. After a week of consultations with a number of surgeons and Melbourne Storm’s medical staff, Norrie was advised it would be in the best interests of his long-term health to retire now, despite having a year to run on his contract.

He departs the Club as one of Storm’s most respected and hardest working players and will be honoured at the Club’s Player of the Year awards tonight at Peninsula, Docklands.

Norrie said while the decision was tough to make, it was ultimately made for him after strong medical advice.

“It’s shattering and disappointing my career has come to an end, it was a tough decision to make,  however based on the medical advice I’ve been given over the last week it was the decision I had to make and importantly think of my family and health first.”

“I have loved and appreciated everything rugby league has given me during my 11 year career.

“I will miss playing and running out with the boys each week, I am very thankful and feel fortunate to have been able to play for Melbourne Storm and for what I’ve been able to achieve at the Club.”

A premiership player, he leaves the game with 120 matches for Storm and a total of 180 NRL appearances representing four clubs.