He has enjoyed a stellar career across the NRL, spanning a large number of years but the decision has been made by Michael Ennis. He will retire.
Closing the curtain on his career at the completion of the 2016 season, Sharks fans will be hoping that he can be sent out in the best way possible. With a premiership.
Ennis, currently at the Cronulla Sharks, made his debut for the club in Rd 1 of the 2015 season and has missed very few games since that time.
His NRL debut came whilst playing for the Newcastle Knights and over that time, he has played for numerous clubs and has always been a player that fans either admire or love to hate.
“I’m here to make an announcement that 2016 will be my final year,” said Ennis in an earlier press conference.
“It’s been a hell of a journey and a childhood dream that has come to a realisation. There’s been ups and downs across the five clubs I’ve played at.
“I had a great conversation with my team-mates at lunch time and they were really supportive.”
Sharks boss Lyall Gorman was full of praise for the retiring veteran.
“From a Sharks perspective, we’re incredibly proud of what Michael has achieved on and off the field,” said Gorman.
“He’s made a remarkable contribution to the game with so many clubs over so many years.
“This is not the end of his journey in football. We’re really hoping that he will remain involved with our club in some capacity.”
Ennis felt that had he continued to play on, he would not have been able to fulfill his duties.
“I’ve looked them in the eye to let them know that I didn’t want to be playing for the wrong reasons,” said Ennis.
“Most importantly, the decision came where it gets to a point that to have to say no, I had to make a decision around that.
“It’s time to be a dad and it’s time to spend time with my family.”
Flanagan also praised Ennis for the decision he made.
“I admire Michael for making his decision,” said Sharks coach Shane Flanagan.
“It was a tough one and selfless.”