Veteran Eels centre retires from the NRL

Beau Champion

Injury has not been kind to him over the years and it has taken its toll with Parramatta Eels centre Beau Champion retiring from the NRL at the completion of the 2015 season.

Currently injured, the 28-year old played in 107 games for the Gold Coast Titans, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels but has no regrets about his career.

Champion was just pleased to live out a goal of his from when he was younger.

“As a kid, my goal was to play just one NRL game, and to play for the past ten years is something that I’ll treasure and look back on, especially the great memories I’ve made over the years,” Champion said.

“It’s unfortunate it had to end through injury, but it’s something I’ll look back on as a positive and something great that I achieved in my life.”

The centre is thankful to the Eels organisation and to coach Brad Arthur, who gave him one final chance.

“I’m very thankful to Brad Arthur and the Parramatta club for giving me the opportunity this year to play NRL, and I worked really hard in pre-season, but unfortunately injury stopped it,” Champion said.

“I’ve had a really great time here, made a lot of friends, and the fans were always great; I’m just sorry it had to end this way and I couldn’t give more to the club because the club gave me so much.”

Arthur praised Champion’s commitment and work ethic to always return, even if he was only at the club for a year.

“It’s an impressive effort for anyone to play 100 NRL games, and the way Beau came back from injuries over his career showed his good attitude,” Arthur said.

“Beau only joined the club this year, but we’ll miss having him around.”

Acting Eels CEO John Boulous wished Champion the best moving forward.

“Beau has worked very hard with our community programs both before and after he injured his knee, and has been a great ambassador for our club and rugby league this year,” Boulous said.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

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