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Sport My time has come: 'Old man' Sam Thaiday confirms NRL exit

12:08  06 july  2018
12:08  06 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Brisbane Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday has confirmed that 2018 will be his last NRL season - making the announcement in typically unique fashion. Long career: Sam Thaiday dressed as an old man while announcing his retirement.

Veteran Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 NRL season - as only he can. "I'm definitely one of the lucky ones who has turned a fun game I played as a kid into a job I love as an adult - but my time has come ," he said.

Long career: Sam Thaiday dressed as an old man while announcing his retirement.© Twitter/NRL Photos Long career: Sam Thaiday dressed as an old man while announcing his retirement.

Brisbane Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday confirmed that this season would be his last in the NRL - making the announcement in typically unique fashion.

Thaiday, 33, made the most of a visit to Wheller On The Park, a Wesley Mission Queensland retirement village, by giving himself the full 'Uncle Drew' treatment, dressing up as a version of himself 40 years into the future.

"I've always been a bit different in everything I've done - but I've always been true to myself and done things my way ... so this is my way of being remembered," said Thaiday.

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SAM Thaiday has today confirmed 2018 will be his last season in the NRL – and he has done it in his own individual way. "I'm definitely one of the lucky ones who has turned a fun game I played as a kid into a job I love as an adult. "But my time has come .

Thaiday , 33, has embraced his final year in the NRL , announcing the impending end of his career at a retirement village dressed up as an old man . He has played 302 NRL games for Brisbane and written his autobiography, which the Broncos have celebrated with great fanfare. " Sam has been a wonderful

The forward is just six games away from reaching the magical 300 mark for the Broncos, having spent his entire first-grade career with the club since his debut in 2003.

In that time, Thaiday was a mainstay in both the State of Origin and international arenas, playing 29 times for Queensland and 34 times for the Kangaroos.

Brisbane Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday confirmed that this season would be his last in the NRL.© Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Brisbane Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday confirmed that this season would be his last in the NRL. He also played in four World Club Series games for Brisbane, and made two appearances for the Indigenous All Stars.

"I've been lucky enough to be a Bronco for 16 seasons, and played for my state and my country," he said.

"I've seen the game change – from 12 to eight interchanges, from one to two referees, to the bunker, live streaming, and the effect of social media."

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Sam Thaiday confirmed he was retiring from the NRL at season's end, while dressed as himself in 40 years' time . In a wig and with make-up on, Thaiday confirmed his retirement in hilarious fashion – dressed as an old man .

Forever rugby league ’s third man in.Source:FOX SPORTS. However, the veteran of 29 Origins, 32 Tests and almost 300 NRL games has finally decided to call it quits - before dressing up as Father Time . Sam Thaiday had one helluva career.Source:News Corp Australia.

Thaiday's dress-up was reminiscent of the Uncle Drew series of videos starring NBA star Kyrie Irving - where Irving, dressed as an old man, would travel to random basketball courts and unleash his full array of skills on unsuspecting park ballers.

The series was a runaway success, leading to a full-length feature film being released this year.

"Because if you don't remember my incredible rugby league resume, how are you going to forget that footy player that announced his retirement dressed up as himself as an old man?" Thaiday added.

"I'm definitely one of the lucky ones who has turned a fun game I played as a kid into a job I love as an adult. But my time has come.

"Thank you all for the support throughout my career thus far, and of course for the rest of the season."

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