Adam Blair will play in his 331st and last NRL game tomorrow, with the New Zealand Warriors forward opting to retire.
Blair had an option in his contract to play on but at 34 and playing in his 15th season, he felt the time was right to stand aside.
Blair was praised by Warriors CEO Cameron George for his contribution to the game.
“Adam has made an amazing contribution not just to the Vodafone Warriors but to rugby league across the board,” George said.
“He has had a huge influence on our players, especially the younger ones, with the way he has gone about looking after himself.
“He sets extremely high standards off the field and in the way he prepares himself for every training session and every game.”
In what has been a rollercoaster ride for the Warriors in 2020, Blair’s decision was made with family in mind.
“It would have been an incredibly difficult decision for Adam knowing he had the option to play on for another year but, in the end, Jess and the kids have come first,” George continued.
“We can’t thank Adam enough for what he has given to the game but he won’t be lost to the Vodafone Warriors.
“He’ll remain involved in a special role tailored to his strengths.”
Before the Warriors, Blair played for the Melbourne Storm, the Wests Tigers, and the Brisbane Broncos.
Blair is also just the second Kiwi player to appear in 50 Tests for his country alongside Ruben Wiki.