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SportGreg Bird announces rugby league retirement on Instagram

00:41  08 june  2019
00:41  08 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Former representative star Greg Bird has announced he’ll hang up the boots after a highly successful and often controversial rugby league career.

Greg Bird announces rugby league retirement on Instagram
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Bird, 34, broke the news that the current English Super League season will be his last with Les Catalans on Instagram on Friday night.

“I’m happy and proud to say finally my time as a player will come to a conclusion at the end of this season,” the former Australia, NSW, Cronulla and Gold Coast five-eighth/back-rower posted on Friday, accompanied by a photo of the 2014 NSW Blues squad following their drought-breaking Origin series victory over Queensland.

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“I’m honoured to have played the game I love as a job for 18 years and I’d like to thank @cronullasharks @gctitans and @dragonsofficial for that chance.

“To all my team-mates and coach who have helped shape the person and player I became throughout my career, thank you.

“Without your influence, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to reach the heights that I did.

“… I feel incredibly blessed to have shared the field with so many legends of our game.

“It’s such a strange feeling. Retirement wasn’t something I thought I’d consider while I was still comfortable in the way I was performing.

“I’m in no way finished in my aspirations for our current season and I have my goals firmly set on going out a winner with my Catalans brothers, but it’s clicked for me and the time is definitely right.”

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Bird played 235 NRL games for Cronulla and Gold Coast after making his first-grade debut for the Sharks in 2002.

He was sacked by Cronulla in 2008 following an off-field incident and joined Catalans in 2009 for the Super League season.

Bird returned to the NRL in 2010 with the Titans before calling time on his career in Australia and rejoining Catalans for a second stint at the French club in 2017.

The Newcastle product also played 17 Tests for the Kangaroos and 18 Origins for the Blues.

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