He was a fan favourite during his time at all clubs he played for and since a move to English side Hull KR, things were looking good for Michael Weyman.
Unfortunately, his rugby league career has been prematurely cut short, as the veteran prop confirms that a chronic knee injury has forced him into retirement.
Playing in 24 games for Hull KR last season, he failed to play a game this season and underwent knee surgery, prompting his decision to retire.
The 30-year old, who became somewhat of a cult figure during his stints with NRL sides the Canberra Raiders & the St George Illawarra Dragons, was disappointed to make the decision but knows it is the right one.
“It has meant a lot to me to play for Rovers and I would like to thank the supporters and everybody at the club for making my family and I feel so welcome over the last 18 months,” said Weyman.
“We’ve really enjoyed our time here and we’ve met some great friends who we’ll continue to stay in touch with after we move back to Australia.”
Feeling like he owed something to the club, Weyman wanted to do right by Hull KR and himself, rather than sit in the stands all year twiddling his thumbs.
“It’s a sad way to end my career but unfortunately these things happen and I’ve been lucky enough to achieve what I have in the game. It’s now time to look at the bigger picture and think about my family,” said Weyman.
“My knee isn’t responding to treatment and I wanted to do the right thing by the club as well. I don’t want to be sitting in the stands for most of the year.”
Despite a short stint at the club, Hull KR valued what Weyman brought to the table and coach Chris Chester says a player of his calibre will be missed.
“We are disappointed to lose a player of Mick’s calibre but he has been a great servant to the club during his time here and he leaves with our best wishes for the future,” said Chester.
“He’s been a great leader for this club and this is not the way he would have wanted to end his career, but he’s played at the highest level and can be rightly proud of what he’s achieved in the game.
The retirement opens up the spot for another forward, as the club searches both home and abroad for a replacement.
“We’ve already begun the search for a replacement for Mick and we’re looking both in this country and overseas. We now have a full quota spot to play with but we won’t be rushing into any decisions,” said Chester.
â€œWe have a really close-knit squad this year and whoever we bring in will have to fit in both on and off the field.”