He may only be 24, and it may come as a shock, but for Roosters winger Peni Tagive, it is the right decision – with the former Dragons and Tigers winger, now at the Roosters, deciding to retire from professional rugby league, in order to pursue full-time University study undertaking a Bachelor of Business.
Tagive, who will retire with a NSW Cup Premiership to his name, a part of the Newtown side that took out the 2012 title, will finish his career with a total of 18 first-grade games, spread over three NRL teams.
â€œI want to thank everyone at the club for their support through the year and for supporting the decision I have made for my future, as I look ahead to life after footy,â€ said Tagive.
â€œFrom the admin staff to the players and coaches, everyoneâ€™s been really good to me and Iâ€™ll still call the Roosters my family.
â€œIâ€™d like to wish the boys and everyone at the club all the best for next season.â€
Roosters Chief Executive Steve Noyce said the club is disappointed to see Tagive go, but thankful for the services he has given the club.
â€œWe are all truly pleased for Peni,” said Noyce.
“While the decision he has made has been a difficult one, itâ€™s wonderful that he has decided to undertake full-time university study, and we congratulate him on this exciting new chapter he is about to embark on.â€
â€œPopular among his teammates and with all the staff at the club, the Sydney Roosters would like to take this opportunity to thank Peni for his contribution to the Roosters and to wish him all the very best for the future.â€