After 171 NRL games spread between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos, David Mead has confirmed his retirement from the NRL effective immediately.
Making his debut in 2009 with the Titans, the electrifying winger managed to score 75 tries in his NRL career.
Mead also played 58 games for Super League side, the Catalans Dragons, scoring 29 tries during his time there.
Mead was quick to thank all clubs and organisations he was involved with as he embarks on a new chapter in his life.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to the Broncos, Titans, Catalans, NRL and Super league for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream since 2009,” Mead said.
“This game has given and taught me a lot. I will always be grateful for my time playing footy.”
Longevity is rarely a trait we see in rugby league and Broncos coach Kevin Walters praised Mead’s ability to play for so many years.
“Meady has been a great servant of rugby league both on and off the field and we have been lucky to have him here at the Broncos,” Walters said.
“His longevity in the game is testament to his professionalism and his attention to detail in his training and preparation for games, plus he is one of the nicest blokes you will ever meet.”
In addition to his club career, Mead also played for and captained Papua New Guinea.
Perhaps one of his most famous moments was the insane one-handed pick up he made to score a try during his days at the Titans.
Often regarded as one of the best tries ever, it has to be seen to be believed.