Although he has had his issues with concussion in the past, it was perhaps still a surprise to see Sydney Roosters half Luke Keary announce his retirement from the game at the end of the season.

At 32 and after 12 years of first-grade, Keary felt like now was the right time to make the decision and move onto the next phase of life.

“After 12 seasons and 27 years playing the game I love, I have decided this will be my last and that I will be retiring at the end of the year,” said Keary.

“It’s a decision I have had thought long and hard about and I know it’s the right one for me and my family.

“Rugby League has been a huge part of my life, and I’m proud of the career I’ve had.”

Keary was quick to praise the two major players in his first-grade career; Michael Maguire and Trent Robinson.

“And my two Head coaches. Madge (Michael Maguire), you gave me first shot and I’ll be forever grateful to you,” continued Keary.

“You took me in as a kid and taught me how to be a first grader. The lessons and toughness you ingrained in me have stayed with me my whole career.”

As for Robinson, Keary immediately felt at home and was able to enjoy both the ups and downs that came with playing at the Roosters.

“To Robbo (Trent Robinson), I feel so privileged to have had the chance to play under you,” Keary said.

“From the day I got the Roosters it felt like home for me, you’ve been a mentor and mate for eight years. We’ve enjoyed success and hardship and I couldn’t have asked for a better coach through the whole journey.

“From me and my family, I want to say thank you for the opportunity you have given me to become the best player I could be over the last eight years.”

Robinson had nothing but praise for Keary and admits there were times where he pushed through the pain barrier to play and strived to be the best player and person he could be for the club.

“Luke is our vice-captain and a man of high integrity who has always pushed beyond the limits of his physical capability,” said Robinson.

“He has pushed through pain and bled in our jersey to be the best teammate he can be.

“His fire and craft have made him one of the toughest players that I have coached.

I thank Luke for his commitment to the Roosters and his honesty in our relationship as a player and coach.”

By ricky

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.