He gave it his all for the Parramatta Eels but injuries caught up with the lion-hearted Kaysa Pritchard, who has been forced to retire.
On the back of shoulder, knee, chest and ankle injuries, as well as numerous physiotherapy appointments, the time was right to call it quits.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was an unfortunate incident that saw one of his testicles crushed in a then routine rugby league tackle.
That incident changed Pritchard’s career projection and prompted him to ask for indefinite leave to seek clarity on his future.
In the end, after 47 NRL games with the Eels and games for Samoa, Pritchard decided to retire but is grateful for the opportunities.
“I feel privileged to have played rugby league professionally, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that have come with it,” said Pritchard.
“I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and support staff who I have worked with, and I’d like to acknowledge all the fans and members who have supported me.”
His contribution to the club will not go unnoticed, with praise coming from club CEO Bernie Gurr and the club to honour him against the Broncos.
“Kaysa has been such a tough and fierce competitor, has always given his best and he will always be part of the Eels family,” said Gurr.
“Kaysa will be missed here at the Eels and we wish him all the best with his future.”