Brisbane Broncos star Darius Boyd has announced his retirement from rugby league at the end of the 2020 season.
In an open letter to the fans, the 32-year-old said, “this 2020 season will be my last in rugby league”.
Boyd, who has 317 games under his belt, told the Broncos website that he was looking forward to what the future has in store for him.
“My body feels great,” he said. “I’m still excited about playing. But I’m also excited about the next chapter of my life. And I will go into that next chapter so grateful for everything that has happened over my 15 seasons in the NRL.
“I’ve been fortunate to have some great times in footy – a premiership in my first year with the Broncos, a premiership at the Dragons, State of Origin series wins that will stay with my forever, and the honour of playing for my country.”
“I grew up a Broncos supporter and I was lucky enough to captain this great club. But you can only do those things because of teammates, coaches and management. I’m grateful for them all.”
Brisbane chief executive Paul White said added: “Darius is a premiership winner and a legend of our club. We have all watched Darius mature and grow over the past 14 years in the NRL, and today, he sits before you as one of our game’s great statesman and a fantastic ambassador for rugby league”.
In a move that coach Anthony Seibold hopes will help Boyd find his best form again, the Premiership winner has been relieved of the Broncos captaincy in 2020.
The multiple World Cup winner will hope to end his career on a high and will be aiming for a third Premiership ring in his final season at Brisbane.