One of the greatest players to have ever donned the Broncos jersey, club stalwart Corey Parker has today announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season.
The veteran, who has played for the Broncos his entire life and represented both Queensland and Australia on a multitude of occasions has played to 334 NRL games to date.
With more games by a forward to his name than anyone else in the rest of the NRL, Parker felt it was the right time to retire even with Lockyer’s all-time record of 355 NRL games looming.
â€œI have been very fortunate to fulfil a childhood dream to play for the Broncos,â€ said Parker.
â€œAt some stage all good things come to an end, and 2016 will be the end of my playing career, but the start of my new journey off the field in which I will remain part of the game.
â€œIâ€™d like to thank my family and close friends, my teammates and coaches over 16 years, the Broncosâ€™ club, members and fans, and the game of rugby league as a whole.â€
Signed by the Broncos as a 17-year old, the Logan Brothers junior started out with the club via feeder side, the Toowoomba Clydesdales before making his NRL debut at age 18 off the bench.
In a career that has seen Parker win numerous premierships, 19 Origin matches and 13 Tests for Australia – including a World Cup victory – he has achieved everything in the game.
Club CEO Paul White praised Parker for his tireless commitment to the club and said not many players get to go out on top like he has.
â€œCorey is a role model for what the Broncos stand for as a club – he started here as a teenager and will finish his career here,â€ said White.
â€œNot many people get to do that in the NRL, but he has earned that respect and the right to retire on his own terms.
â€œWe wish him and his family well for the future now this decision has been made, and will enjoy honouring his career with our members and supporters over the remainder of this season.â€