A one-club man, a club stalwart, a fan favourite. Mitch Aubusson has been many things for the Sydney Roosters in his career.
The veteran back-rower/centre has confirmed that he will hang up the boots at the end of the 2020 season.
A Mr Fix-It player for many years, Aubusson slotted into numerous spots where there was a need for the Roosters.
Now, after 301 games and 13 seasons, he will retire.
Aubusson knew the time was right to do so as he moves on with life.
“This is a decision I’ve thought long and hard about. I’m still really enjoying my footy and love being around the team we have here at the Roosters, but I have no doubt that it’s the right time to make this call,” said Aubusson.
“I remember as a 15-year-old growing up thinking I’d love to just play one game of first grade, and to be able to reflect on the career I’ve had so far, and to have done it all with the Roosters is something I’m incredibly proud of.
“The Sydney Roosters Club and everyone who’s a part of it means everything to me.”
Aubusson praised the coaching staff; head coach Trent Robinson and assistant Craig Fitzgibbon.
“I also want to make a special mention of Trent Robinson. He’s the best coach I’ve ever had, and he’s also a mate,” continued Aubusson.
“He has challenged me every day, and I’m a better player and man for it.
“To Craig Fitzgibbon and all our coaching staff, thank you for setting the bar every day, and most importantly for your friendship.”
Having been through the wars at the club, Aubusson has seen many come and go and is pleased to have formed lifelong bonds.
“I’ve been blessed to play with some pretty special people here at the Roosters over the years, many I’m proud to call my closest friends, and I’d like to thank them,” said Aubusson.
“To my current teammates, we’re a tight group and I’m so privileged every time I get to run out with you.”
A leader and a selfless attitude are the two traits that Robinson will remember Aubusson by, such was his Roosters impact.
“It’s hard to put into words exactly what Mitch Aubusson means to the Roosters, because he means so much for a number of different reasons,” said Robinson.
“Mitch is the ultimate club man. He’s a man of high integrity who has selflessly always put the team first.
“He’s an inspiration to our team and supporters, and it’s an honour to coach him.”
The once Roosters captain and three-time James Mathews Award winner will have a role with the club from next season.
“I’m looking forward to taking on the new challenges in my post-footy career, but right now, my main focus is on the job we have at hand for the rest of this season,” said Aubusson.