After a 15-year long and illustrious career, Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello has announced his retirement.
Anthony Minichiello has confirmed he will retire at the end of the 2014 season. Minichiello told press, “It’s a decision I have thought long and hard about and I think it’s the right one for me and my family.” He said he came to the club when he was 16 and is proud to be a one-club man.
Minichiello explained he is focused now on finishing the season with the Roosters and will think more about retiring when it comes to it. The fullback and captain has scored 122 tries throughout his professional career representing his club, his state and his country. The interesting news for fans is Minichiello won’t be leaving the Roosters for good; he will be retiring as a player at the end of the year but will be returning to the club in a more corporate roll.
His retirement has created shockwaves in the NRL community with many fans expressing their feelings via Twitter, such as Bulldogs supporter and mother, Sam Popprox.
Popprox tweeted, “Not many retire as a one man club! Congratulations Anthony Minichiello.”
More known names such as NRL CEO Dave Smith have tweeted their support: “Anthony Minichiello, a terrific example to us all & top bloke to boot. Mini you may be retiring but hope your involved for many years yet.” – Ashley Kearney
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