In an ideal world, he would have played on but knowing how much potential damage he could have caused himself had he played on, Wests Tigers back-rower Liam Fulton has opted to retire.
After suffering numerous concussions in 2014, on the advice of doctors and after lengthy discussions with his family and the Tigers, he made the decision that he felt was the best one. To retire.
Playing in 162 games for the Tigers from 2003-2014, he was a premiership winner in 2005 and also enjoyed a stint with Huddersfield in the English Super League.
In addition to that, he represented the City Origin side on two occasions, played in the NRL All-Stars game in 2011 and was the Tigers Best and Fairest winner last year.
Fulton bleeds orange and black and club CEO Grant Mayer was quick to thank Fulton for his ongoing commitment and loyalty to the club over the years.
â€œLiam has made a very brave decision, one that cannot have been easy for him to make,â€ said Mayer. â€œHaving spoken at length with Liam, his family and management, I know this is the right decision for him and his future health.
â€œOn behalf of Wests Tigers, Iâ€™d like to thank Liam for his commitment to the Club and look forward to working with him closely into the future.”
Times like these are always difficult for a player and his family, with Tigers coach Mick Potter praising Fulton for the way he dealt with the issue.
â€œLiam is a key member of our team and will be sorely missed on the field,â€ said Potter.
â€œHis light-hearted approached to life is refreshing to all of us at Wests Tigers and itâ€™s great that he will remain a part of the Club.”