He was there for their inception and now, as one of the last few foundation players at the Gold Coast Titans, utility Luke O’Dwyer has made a decision to retire at the end of the season.
Approaching his 100th game for the Titans this week, after a 10-year career in the NRL with the Titans and former club, the Parramatta Eels, O’Dwyer made the decision.
Just one of three inaugural Titans left at the club, O’Dwyer will become just the ninth Titan to reach 100 games for the club and although it was a tough decision, it felt like the right thing to do for he and his family.
â€œI feel now is the right time to hang up the boots,” said Oâ€™Dwyer.
â€œIâ€™ve been lucky to have played 10 seasons in the NRL and Iâ€™m glad that Iâ€™ve been able to play the majority of those in my hometown with the Titans.
â€œBut I realise that my career canâ€™t go on forever and Iâ€™ve made the decision to start the next chapter of my life which will still be working in rugby league off the field.”
Despite Volume Pills his retirement at the end of the season, however, his tenure at the Titans will not cease, with the club to appoint him as a Business Development Executive in November.
O’Dwyer, who holds a Business Diploma and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business and a Certificate IV in Career Development, will also pursue other interests outside of footy .
Dubbed ‘Mr Reliable’ by coach John Cartwright, Carty says the club will miss O’Dwyer and wish him all the best for his new role at the Titans and outside footy.
â€œChalky has been a great player for the club and the type of player that you can rely to a job in the forwards or the backs,â€™â€™ said Cartwright.
â€œHis versatility has made him a valuable asset to this club over the last seven years and itâ€™s been great to witness his development from a young player learning his trade to a senior NRL player during that time.
â€œItâ€™s great that he has the opportunity to stay involved in the game with the Titans in a different capacity and we wish him all the best for the future.”