Injury is never the way a player wants to bow out of a sport but it is the harsh reality for some, as South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Ben Lowe has had to make that call.
The veteran Bunnies player has pulled the pin on his rugby league career, with persistent injuries the reason behind his retirement.
With a family to look after, the decision was one that had to be made to avoid further injury.
â€œDue to injuries, Iâ€™ve had to make the difficult decision to retire from football immediately,” said Lowe.
“It hasn’t been the easiest decision to make but after long conversations with family and loved ones, it was the best for my welfare and the best for my family as we head into life after football,â€ Lowe said.
â€œI would like to take the opportunity to thank â€˜Madgeâ€™ (Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire), the coaching staff and all the boys for their understanding in my decision.”
The 30-year old played in 117 games across his first-grade career spanning eight years and was quick to praise members, fans and the club. One of his best memories was playing alongside his brother Jaiman Lowe.
â€œI would also like to thank all of the Members and fans of the Rabbitohs for all the support they have given me over the nine years Iâ€™ve had at the Club. This Club has been a second home to me and it will be a place that will always stay close to my heart,” said Lowe.
â€œI have so many fantastic memories here, from having the chance to play with my brother Jaiman at the highest level, to some of the great wins weâ€™ve had as a Club.
â€œI will miss running out in the red and green with my team mates in front of my family, friends, Members and fans, but I am so blessed to have done it for so many years.”
Bunnies coach Michael Maguire praised the services of Lowe to the club and praised his work ethic throughout his career.
â€œBenny is one of the hardest working players we have at our Club and he has been a major contributor to the culture within this Club today,â€ Maguire said.
â€œHe has a wonderful young family to look after and we all understand his decision to retire due to his injuries.
â€œHeâ€™s a fantastic team member, and he will be doing his best his push the group along for the rest of the season, despite not being on the field with them.
â€œHis efforts will be long remembered at this Club, and we look forward to having him around the Club into the future.â€