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Hindmarsh announces retirement

Arguably the greatest player to have pulled on a Blue and Gold jersey, Parramatta captain Nathan Hindmarsh has this afternoon announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
Hindmarsh announces retirement
by NRL

Arguably the greatest player to have pulled on a Blue and Gold jersey, Parramatta captain Nathan Hindmarsh has this afternoon announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2012 season.

Hindmarsh, 32, released a video recording tonight with all the laid-back and self-deprecating character that Rugby League fans have come to know and love throughout his magnificent 15-year career.

In his video, available on the Eels website - www.parraeels.com.au - and in transcript below, Hindmarsh said he had always intended to make an announcement early this year after having made the decision to retire in late 2011.

Eels Coach Stephen Kearney has been aware of his decision for some time, with the Eels coach and management giving Nathan the latitude to announce his decision at his leisure.

"15 years at this legendary club. It's hard to believe," Hindmarsh said in his video.

"I made the decision late last year and informed the coach and people close to me that 2012 was going to be my last season.

"I know there has been a lot of speculation about my career of late and I thank the coach and club for giving me the time I needed to make this decision public.

"I was always going to announce it early on in the season, and ideally I would have liked to have done it coming off four wins. But that's footy isn't it.

"That's why I'm announcing my retirement now. I love this club it's been my life since I was 16. I've made lifelong friends, met my wife and watched my kids' faces light up when I tell them they can come to work with dad.

"I'm hoping that by announcing this, it will take some pressure off my coach, my team mates and the club, so we can get back to focusing on what really matters ... winning games.

"I will retire as a one club player which I am very proud of. I'm going to finish my career the same way I started - utterly and deeply exhausted - knowing I have tried my best and left it all on the field."

Eels head coach Stephen Kearney paid tribute to Hindmarsh's impact on the game over the past 15 years.

"He's a guy who pretty much redefined how much work one human being can get through out there on the paddock.

"I don't know how many times I've seen replays of him chasing down wingers and fullbacks, making that last ditch effort that's the difference between winning and losing matches.

"He's all about heart and that's why he's so respected by everyone who plays the game, as well as loved and admired by those who watch it.

"He's always put the team and this Club first and they are huge shoes to fill.

"It's been a tough start to the season for us but the lads are focused on improving from here, and making sure Nathan finishes his playing career on a high note."

Eels Chief Executive Officer Bob Bentley said:

"Words probably can't describe what Nathan means to this Club and our supporters.

"When people think of the Eels, they think Nathan Hindmarsh.

"He's given his heart and soul to this Club on and off the field for his entire career and built his success on sheer hard work and dedication.

"Obviously it would have been terrific for Nathan to have had the chance to announce his retirement after a better start to the season for us, but we're confident the team can turn this around and make it a season to remember.

"We're already preparing for one hell of a send-off at the end of the year.

"Nathan is quite simply a living treasure of this rugby league club and we will be doing everything we can to give him the send-off he deserves."


FULL TRANSCRIPT - NATHAN HINDMARSH RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENTM

G'day guys, I think you all know what's coming in this speech, so let me just say it straight - "I won Powerball last week and I won't be back next year... " No, no, that's not right!

What I want you all to know is that I'll be retiring at the end of this season? 2012 will be my last hooray.

S**t, 15 years at this legendary club. It's hard to believe.

I made the decision late last year and informed the coach and people close to me that 2012 was going to be my last season.

I know there has been al lot of speculation about my career of late and I thank the coach and club for giving me the time I needed to make this decision public.

I was always going to announce it early on in the season, and ideally I would have liked to have done it coming off four wins. But that's footy isn't it.

That's why I'm announcing my retirement now. I love this club it's been my life since I was 16. I've made lifelong friends, met my wife and watched my kids' faces light up when I tell them they can come to work with dad.

I'm hoping that by announcing this, it will take some pressure off my coach, my team mates and the club so we can get back to focusing on what really matters ?winning games.

Announcing the end of my career is a bloody weird thing because life doesn't stop. Rugby league doesn't stop and the kids and Bon certainly won't stop needing me. In some ways I think I'm announcing the end of the best years of my life. But really I'm just beginning a new chapter. I can't wait to sit up in the stands with beer in my hand and my 3 boys sitting next to me.

I have some things in the pipe line for 2013 definitely involving kids, footy and the media. Let's face it, I'm very important, I have many leather bound books. And my apartment smells of rich mahogany.

Rugby league is a roller coaster and I think the people who ride with you most are the fans. They are there for the ups the downs, the good times and the bad, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate all your support. I love coming to a game and seeing all those familiar faces. You are the backbone of rugby league, keep turning up.

There are so many people who have been an integral part of my career but I will thank you all at a later date.

I will retire as a one club player which I am very proud of. I'm going to finish my career the same way I started - utterly and deeply exhausted - knowing I have tried my best and left it all on the field.

See you all at the game on Saturday ... can't wait!

Nathan Hindmarsh Retirement Announcement


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