Veteran Titans prop to retire

Luke Bailey

He has been involved with the Gold Coast Titans team and brand since its inception and after an illustrious NRL career, veteran prop Luke Bailey will retire from the NRL.

A Titans foundation player, Bailey had plans to continue his playing career but when he could not come to terms with the Titans, he felt it was best to retire .

“My body felt good and I’d had talks with the club and was hoping a further one-year deal but I can understand that the club needs to look to the future and I accept that,” Bailey said.

“I don’t really want to move and play for another NRL club and packing up the family and going overseas for just one season didn’t really appeal, so it’s time to call it quits.

“I feel very fortunate to have been in the game for as long as I have and I have few regrets.”

For Bailey, he wants to be remembered as a player that played the game hard and well and as a player that gave it his all. He was quick to praise the family for what they had done for him throughout his career.

“I’d like to think I’ve always been a player that had a crack and was consistently above average for 15 years and I am proud of that.

“And that was possible with the support of my family, my wife Rebecca and our children and my mum and dad.

“My one regret has been not reaching a grand final but I will settle with having a great, healthy family and being healthy myself.”

Someone who knew Bailey well was inaugural Titans coach John Cartwright, who coached him for a total of 8 years.

“I’d like to think I’ve always been a player that had a crack and was consistently above average for 15 years and I am proud of that.

“And that was possible with the support of my family, my wife Rebecca and our children and my mum and dad.

“My one regret has been not reaching a grand final but I will settle with having a great, healthy family and being healthy myself.”

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