Former Featherstone hooker announces retirement, aged 29

Former Featherstone hooker Cameron King has announced his retirement.

The 29-year-old played 28 games for the Rovers in 2019, scoring 18 tries and kicking three goals.

Formerly of the Dragons, Cowboys and Eels in the NRL, King returned down under this season to play for Cronulla Sharks but suffered a season-ending knee injury in a trial match.

He will now retire after 10 years in the professional game.

“Since I was four years old all I ever wanted to do was play rugby league,” King said in an emotional post on Twitter. “I have lived and breathed it for 25 years. I feel truly blessed to have had 10 years as a professional athlete but the time has come for me to announce my retirement.

“I am truly grateful to have been able to live out my childhood dream. I’ve met so many people along the way who will remain lifelong friends. Thankyou to my family who have always supported my dreams, especially my mum and sister who have been there every step of the way.

“I want to thank every player and staff member I have worked with at the Dragons, Cowboys, Eels and Sharks. I’ve faced a lot of adversity in my career and I feel I never did reach my potential.

“Mentally and physically I have faced many battles but I have been so lucky to have been a part of some successful clubs that have won premierships and I’ll be forever grateful for those memories.

“To my fiancé Kristy, thank you for the sacrifices you have made for me to live my dream. Nothing is more important to me than our young family and I can’t wait to start this next chapter of our life together.

“Thank you rugby league.”

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