He is one of the Sharks faithful, and the fans have warmed to him over the last few years, but at the age of 33, Sharks centre Colin Best has decided that the best decision for he and his family, is to retire – something which he announced this afternoon to team-mates.
Best, who is a local Cronulla-Sutherland junior, has played more than 250 NRL games across 4 different NRL clubs – and although the decision was difficult for him, he believes it was the right one.
â€œIt was a difficult decision but its one Iâ€™m glad is out of the way. I feel like a weight has been lifted since I made the decision to retire late last week,â€ Best said.
â€œIâ€™ve really enjoyed my time at the Sharks, and all the clubs Iâ€™ve played for, but it is time to move on to the next phase of my life.
â€œIn saying that I will be giving my all for the Sharks for the rest of this season, hopefully we have eight-nine weeks to go, and we can finish the year on a high.â€
Best, who made his debut for the Sharks as a 19-year old, will play out the year in typical determined fashion – with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan praising the veteran’s effort, even at the age of 33.
â€œTo still be able to get himself ready to play and perform the way he does after 14 years of top level rugby league is a testament to Colinâ€™s ability and professionalism,â€ Flanagan said.
â€œHe will be missed next year but we understand he is ready to move on with his life after footy.â€