NRL funny man Beau Ryan has called it quits on his rugby league career.
Cronulla Sharks player Beau Ryan announced last night his immediate retirement from the NRL due to a serious neck injury.
Ryan broke the news on The Footy Show (NRL) saying that after speaking with his family, Sharks teammates and the club doctor, he made the tough call to end his career.
“It’s a hard decision but I owe a lot of people a lot of things,” he said.
“To not be able to put my body on the line for the team and not be able to put my body on the line to make a collision for these guys that I love – I’m not doing them any justice.
“If something would have happened to me, I’d never forgive myself and my family comes first.”
Ryan, 29, made his NRL debut for the West Tigers in 2007 and played six seasons for the club. He then joined the Sharks in 2013 and last played for the club in round 10 this season. After an off-season injury, his neck vertebrae issues resurfaced.
In total, he played 125 NRL games – 104 for the Tigers and 21 for the Sharks – and scored 53 tries.
He will surely be missed by all fans across the code, however, he will no doubt be a main feature on The Footy Show where we will see him continue his comedic work.
Here are some tweets from Ryan’s former teammates:
Inset photo taken by Noah La’ulu.