It was a career that started as a 16-year-old when he burst onto the scene and now, after 16 years, Parramatta Eels utility back Jordan Rankin will officially hang up his footy boots.
Rankin’s career started with that famous debut as the youngest player ever to start an NRL game back in 2008 and since then, he has not looked back.
Throughout his career, Rankin has played for the Gold Coast Titans, the Wests Tigers, the Parramatta Eels, Hull FC, Huddersfield and Castleford.
With his retirement settled, Rankin will now look to settle into his new role at the Eels as the head coach of their Jersey Flegg team from 2024.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in rugby league for so long,” Rankin said.
“I’ve made lifelong friends and I’m very grateful to the game for the opportunities it has given me.
“I’m now completely focussed on my coaching role for Jersey Flegg and I’m looking forward to using my experience to help the next generation of young Eels players achieve their dreams of playing in the NRL one day.”
Rankin’s final game as a player will come this week in the NSW Cup against the Panthers, as the veteran drew praise from Eels General Manager of Football, Mark O’Neill.
“Jordan has enjoyed a great playing career and is ready to move into the next stage of his life with our club,” O’Neill said.
“His experience and relationship with our young players will be a wonderful asset for his coaching role and we look forward to supporting him through it,” said Mark.