Many Parramatta Eels fans would have been expecting him to front up the 2017 pre-season and become a key player in their 2017 campaign but for Danny Wicks, it was not to be.
In a move that has surprised many fans, Wicks has opted to step away from the game.
The hard-working prop admits that it was not an easy decision, though he will look back on his career with the Eels in a positive light.
“I have really enjoyed my time at the Eels and I am thankful to Brad and the club for giving me the opportunity to play for the last two seasons,” Wicks said.
“I’m so grateful for the teammates I have played alongside and against, the coaching staff and my family who have been by my side through this entire journey.”
Joining the Eels in 2014 and playing in 35 NRL games for the blue and gold – he played in 104 NRL games in total – Wicks thanked the fans for their support and looks forward to what lies ahead.
“As a team, we have come a long way since I joined in 2014 and the support I have received from the Eels fans has been overwhelming, however, I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life.”
Emerging as a fan favourite for many during his time at the Eels, head coach Brad Arthur admits the 2017 side will not be the same without the larrikin.
“Danny has been a key part of our group in the last two seasons both on and off the field and it will be disappointing to not have him as part of our team in 2017,” Head Coach Brad Arthur said.
“When he joined the Club, he did so with the simple goal of resuming his career and providing a strong contribution to the Club and his teammates.”
Arthur praised Wicks for his effort and determination in the game, and wished the prop well moving forward.
“While the goal was simple, he undertook a lot of hard work and dedication to meet that objective,” Arthur added.
“Both he and the Club can be proud of what he has achieved over the last two years and he will be missed this season and beyond.”