A long-standing veteran of the game, an elite centre and one of the greatest players to don the Manly Sea Eagles jersey in recent years, Jamie Lyon has made the decision to retire.
Informing his team-mates of the decision prior to their clash against the Newcastle Knights this past weekend, Lyon has played 285 games to date and scored in excess of 1500 points.
Confirming his decision today at a press conference, Lyon admitted that he was thinking about the decision for a while.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a little while,” Lyon said.
“I just felt like it was the right time. Physically and mentally, I knew it was time to hang them up.”
When any player retires, the decision is made based around family and Lyon says his family have been great in supporting his decision.
“The kids wanted me to keep playing and a few of the guys wanted me to keep playing as well,” the veteran said.
“But I’m happy with the decision made and I can’t wait to start the next chapter.”
His team-mates were not acutely aware of the decision Lyon had made before he told them and admits they were surprised.
“They were a bit shocked at the start and they probably didn’t see it coming,” Lyon said.
“I’m not really young anymore so I didn’t think it’d be much of a surprise to them.
“They were all happy that I’ve made a decision and that I can move forward. It’ll be hard not seeing the boys every day but it’ll be something different.”