If anyone has followed the career of Kyle Stanley, you would know that it was a case of all the talent in the world to become a quality player, coupled with unfortunate bad luck that culminated in injuries galore.
It is those injuries – more specifically, numerous knee reconstructions – that has seen Stanley come to the decision that he must retire from the game.
Still only 24 and with his rugby league career ahead of him, it was the advice of his surgeon who suggested he should retire from the sport after five knee reconstructions in total.
â€œOnly being 24 years old obviously this isnâ€™t the way I dreamt of finishing my football career but due to countless injuries and after five full knee reconstructions it was the recommendation of my surgeon that I should retire,” said Stanley.
â€œHe didnâ€™t feel my body was fit to play football again.”
Whatever the next chapter may hold for Stanley he looks forward to it and he is grateful for the opportunities he received as an NRL player.
â€œIt has been a tough few months coming to terms with it all but after great support from my family and people around me I am extremely optimistic and positive moving into the future and beginning the next chapter of my life,” said Stanley.
â€œI am grateful for the years I have been able to spend playing in the NRL and the people I have met along the way.â€
Stanley played a total of 45 NRL games, all for former club the St George Illawarra Dragons, with injury unfortunately cruelling him of making a debut for the Sharks.
Stanley did however play for the Sharks in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines and represented Samoa at the 2014 Four Nations.