Rugby league legend leaves behind an incredible legacy in NRL and Super League.
Australian Steve Menzies, the oldest player ever to play in Super League, has announced that he is to retire in October, two months before his 40th birthday.
Menzies made the first of 15 international appearances in 1994 and spent 16 seasons with Manly Sea Eagles before coming to England with Bradford in 2009before he joined the Catalan Dragons in 2011.
He remains the most high-scoring forward in the history of Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL), having scored 180 tries in 349 games.
“It was a hard decision to take. Playing rugby league, that’s all I have ever done,” Menzies said.
“I’m still enjoying playing and I feel good mentally and physically, but it was the right time to finish. My biggest fear was to play one season too long and I’m happy with my decision.”
Menzies has made 117 Super League appearances and scored 55 tries, including 28 tries in 60 games for the Dragons, and played for the Exiles against England last month.
“Steve is a true legend of the game,” said Dragons chief executive Christophe Jouffret.
“He has achieved almost everything it is possible to and it’s a real honour for our club that the last jersey he will wear is the Catalan Dragons one.”