A career spanning 12 years, two teams, international berths and more, Wests Tigers prop Ben Matulino has been forced to retire due to injury.
Matulino was granted approval by the NRL to medically retire, with 248 NRL games to his name.
All seemed to be going well at the Tigers before a knee injury in round 14 brought his career to a screeching halt.
There was praise for Matulino and for his efforts with the Tigers.
“On behalf of all at the club, I’d like to firstly congratulate Ben on what has been a superb career in the NRL,” Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said.
“He has been a wonderful player for over a decade and has continued to give his all for his sport, teammates and clubs.
“Ben is a terrific family man and it has been a real pleasure to have him be part of this club.
“We all understand his decision to retire as a result of his injury, and we wish him, his wife Courtenay and his young family all the very best in the future.”
His experience helped shape the next generation of forwards at the Tigers and that is something coach Michael Maguire knew was important.
“Ben has been a pleasure to coach and has played a key role in helping us set the culture that we want at Wests Tigers,” Maguire said.
“He sets a great example for the younger players in the squad and has always displayed a team-first attitude both on and off the field.”