Just a few short months ago, he joined the Gold Coast Titans with plenty of promise and experience, raring to go for a new season with a club that he had previously played for.
Fast forward to the present day and Brenton Lawrence has made a decision to retire from the game due to his body being unable to cope with the weekly demands and rigours of rugby league.
Lawrence played in 18 games to start his career with the Titans, debuting in Round 16 of the 2011 season.
He moved to the Manly Sea Eagles and played in 82 games for them, culminating in 104 first-grade games in total.
In the end, Lawrence just felt like it was the best decision to make for himself and for the team.
“It’s with mixed emotions I make this decision,” Lawrence said.
“I would love to feel like a 20-year-old and have many more seasons ahead, the reality is I’m not and I believe this is the best decision for the team, and for myself.”
Despite an earlier than expected retirement, Lawrence looks back on his rugby league career with pride.
“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in rugby league,” continued the veteran forward.
“I have experienced some of the best years of my life both at the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles.
“I’ve been so fortunate through rugby league to create incredible memories and friendships that I hold very dear and I would like to thank everyone who has ever supported my career. It is something I have never taken for granted.”
Although the club would have liked Lawrence to be on their roster for the next couple of seasons, they applaud the decision he has made for his own health and betterment.
“Of course we would have loved Brenton to play for the club but he has made a selfless decision and I commend him for that,” Titans coach Garth Brennan said.
“He knows his body better than anyone else so he has made a personal decision that will keep him in good health down the track.
“Brenton is a player who has made an impact in the short time he has been back, and I, as well as all of the playing group, wish him well for the future.”
Lawrence will not be lost to the game, however, or to the Titans, with CEO Graham Annesley looking at possible roles that the veteran can fill in and utilise his experience with.
“We are currently talking to Brenton about how we can keep him involved with the Titans,” Annesley said.
“He is a quality person with an enormous amount of experience who can be a real asset for the club in a variety of areas off the field.
“His honesty in putting the club ahead of his own personal interests is a mark of the man he is.”