Veteran Knights forward retires and will take up U20’s coaching role

Todd Lowrie

He was an NRL journeyman and all good journeys have to come to an end at some point. For Todd Lowrie, his playing career is over after he made the decision to step down to retire having initially signed on with the Newcastle Knights as a player.

He will remain with the club and in the game, though, appointed as the club’s U20’s coach for the 2016 season.

Playing in 202 first-grade games across several teams including the Knights, the Melbourne Storm, the Brisbane Broncos, the New Zealand Warriors and the Parramatta Eels, Lowrie is pleased with what he achieved in the game.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play in the NRL for a lot longer than I ever thought I would,” Lowrie said.

“I’ve played with some of the best players of all time, enjoyed some success and made plenty of lifelong friends along the way.”

Lowrie’s career spanned 13 seasons, playing in two grand finals and winning one premiership in 2012.”

The family aspect was crucial and he was quick to thank them – especially his wife – who went with him when there was opportunity.

“I’d really like to thank my family for making my dreams possible and my wife Sally who has followed me across states and countries and supported me through the good times and the bad, both on and off the footy field,” he added.

Whilst disappointed that he will no longer don a playing jersey, he is excited at the new challenge ahead.

“I’m disappointed I won’t get to wear the Knights jersey again but I’m excited to tackle the next chapter of my life and play a part in the future of the club,” the Knights junior said.

“I’ve played for some great clubs, learned a lot at every place I’ve been, and will take those lessons with me into my new role.”

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