After 18 years at the highest level, Cronulla Sharks veteran back-rower Luke Lewis will hang up the boots.
Having done everything in the game; passing 300 games, winning premierships, playing Origin and for Australia, the time felt right to for the veteran.
“It’s been an awesome 18 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ll retire with great memories,” Lewis began.
“My family and friends have obviously given me great support over the years, I’ve made long-time and what will be life-long friendships, with people in and around the game but also outside of footy.
And I also want to give a massive thanks to the fans.
Lewis, a key member of the Sharks inaugural premiership success in 2016, also won the Clive Churchill Medal.
That would be his second premiership having won one thirteen years beforehand with the Penrith Panthers.
Lewis thanked fans from the Sharks, the Panthers and across the code for the support they have given him.
“I’ve had fantastic support, not just at the Sharks, not only when I was at the Panthers, but from rugby league fans in general,” Lewis continued.
“People who have always supported and stuck by me. I couldn’t have got to where I am now without them.”
Lewis is also grateful for his opportunities, both as a Penrith junior and his career there, as well as to the Sharks for taking him on.
“Growing up in the area and playing for Penrith was a huge thrill for me and I’m thankful for the years I spent at the Panthers and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come to the Sharks six years ago,” the veteran back-rower continued.
“Playing in a Grand Final at the Sharks and to win the first premiership in the club’s history, the mates I’ve made while I’ve been here, it’s something I’ll hold close for the rest of my life.”