The respected front-rower was contracted to the club next season but has decided the time is right to bring down the curtain on a wonderful career that started back in Canberra in 1996.
A Temora junior, Payten has played 253 NRL games in a career that has seen him play at Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters before joining Wests Tigers in 2004. He played in the premiership winning Wests Tigers team in 2005.
Currently recovering from a knee injury, Payten has been the leader of the Wests Tigers pack and has played 145 games for the Club. He hopes to start running by the end of the month.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to play this great game at such a high level for a long time. The game has certainly changed,’’ Payten said.
“Rugby League has been very good to me and I have made some great friends and have some special memories. My years at Wests Tigers have been the best time of my life and I’ve really enjoyed playing under a fantastic coach in Tim Sheens.
“Wests Tigers will always be apart of me. I just want to get back onto the field now as quickly as possible to help the team make the finals.”