He has been a loyal player for the Wests Tigers since the 2005 season, and now, prop Todd Payten has had to make the gut-wrenching decision, that he will retire at seasons end.

Despite being contracted to the Tigers for the 2012 season, Payten felt that the time was right to step aside, and close the curtain on his career, that started with the Canberra Raiders, back in 1996.

Payten, at this stage, as 253 NRL games to his name, having played with the Canberra Raiders, the Sydney Roosters, and finally, the Wests Tigers.

As he makes his way back from a knee injury, Payten plans to go out on high a note as possible with the club, and will begin running very soon.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to play this great game at such a high level for a long time. The game has certainly changed,’’ Payten said.

“Rugby League has been very good to me and I have made some great friends and have some special memories. My years at Wests Tigers have been the best time of my life and I’ve really enjoyed playing under a fantastic coach in Tim Sheens.

“Wests Tigers will always be apart of me. I just want to get back onto the field now as quickly as possible to help the team make the finals.”

By ricky

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