229-game veteran Brent Tate has announced his immediate retirement from the NRL.
North Queensland Cowboys outside back Brent Tate has announced his retirement from rugby league today.
The 32-year-old was contracted to the Cowboys for the 2015 season, but said that his latest serious knee injury had forced him to bring forward his retirement date.
Tate hasn’t played since rupturing his ACL playing for Queensland in Game Two of the State of Origin series in June.
It’s the fourth time Tate has suffered an ACL tear.
Despite his injury setbacks, Tate featured in 229 NRL matches and was part of State of Origin, NRL Grand Final and World Cup-winning teams.
“On the advice from the specialist, I’ve had to decide to stop playing rugby league which is unfortunate but necessary if I want to enjoy my post-football life,” Tate said.
“When you have young kids, there’s more to think about than just playing footy and I want to have the best chance of enjoying my life with them.
“I’m really grateful to have had the career I’ve had and will always cherish the experiences and opportunities that rugby league, and playing for three great clubs as well as my state and country, has given me.
“There’s part of me that’s sad I won’t be playing anymore, but there’s a part of me that’s excited to experience something else.
“I’d like to sincerely thank my family first and foremost, all the players and coaching staff that I’ve been in contact with throughout my career and all the members and fans who have supported me over such a long period.”
Tate however will remain at the Cowboys, working in the commercial department.