Panthers veteran winger opts to retire at season’s end

David Simmons

Currently in a rich vein of form over the last few seasons, David Simmons has always been the true professional both on and off the field and has decided that 2015 will be his last season.

The veteran winger will play in his 200th and final NRL game in Rd 26 at home against the Newcastle Knights, capping off a solid NRL career.

Retirement was something that weighed on his mind even before the season began and as it went along, Simmons says it felt like the right thing to do.

“I sort of thought about it even before the season began,” said Simmons.

“I was just going to see how the body was going and how I was playing.

“I made the decision early on in the year that this was going to be my last one. I kept it to myself and I haven’t changed my mind since.

“I’m happy to finish now and it just feels like the right time. It’s nothing to do with injury or the club not wanting me, I just feel like it was the right time to finish.”

Simmons is proud of what he has achieved and the 200th game would be the icing on the cake before he hangs up the boots.

“If I get to 200 games, it’ll just cap it off,” said Simmons.

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