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Captain Kurt Gidley announced on Tuesday he is departing the Club at season’s end after 15 years of wearing the Newcastle Knights jersey.

What followed were some wonderful words of thanks and praise for the skipper and ultimate teammate, via various social media platforms.

Here is just a small selection of some of those messages on Twitter:

@KurtFearnley: There's no better rep of the @NRLKnights or Newcastle than @kurt_gidley. Congrats on the future with the wolves & my best for the Knights for 2015!!

@monobrauer: Just read that @kurt_gidley is hanging up the @NRL boots for the @NRLKnights. Great man and club #legend. Good luck in the @SuperLeague mate.

@hughesearth: Thanks for the memories Gids @NRLKnights @kurt_gidley

@ElliottLovejoy: Wish @kurt_gidley all the best for the future. Nobody ever wore the @NRLKnights jersey with more pride and @wolvesrl are lucky to have you!

@Robert_Crosby95: @kurt_gidley Thanks for everything you've given and more you'll continue to provide for @NRLKnights. Best of luck at Warrington.

@misscassiejean: Moving article on @NRLKnights about Kurt Gidley's departure. What an inspiration.

@NSWMC: Good luck Kurt. We’re sad to see you leave.

@Amy_Marciniak: Not enough words, but thank you #ThanksGids

@Thomsen_26: @kurt_gidley #ThanksGids champion/captain/competitor one of the greatest Knights ever.

@knightslover16: Good luck Kurt on your new adventure, sad to see you go, such a great player and always so nice to me over the years. @kurt_gidley

@NickMilligan: Wishing @kurt_gidley all the best for the next stage of his career in UK. A brilliant player and ambassador for the club, city.

@rangdiddy: Congrats to our leader @kurt_gidley on signing with @wolvesrl for 2016 you'll always be a Knight #ThanksGids

@jRdnoce: One of the best players to ever wear a @NRLKnights jersey, you'll always be the man @kurt_gidley #ThanksGids

@xLolzre: Thank you for everything you have done for the @NRLKnights.

@Pete_Haynes: So proud of @kurt_gidley for what he has & is still to achieve, He embodies all the @NRLKnights stand for & is a true #legend.

@joshjkellett: All the best to @kurt_gidley. We will miss you, captain. #ThanksGids

@cadenhelmers: @kurt_gidley is one of the best in the game. A great servant to club, state and country. #ThanksGids

@jmr8828: It will be a changing of an era when Gidley goes. It hard to replace such loyalty and passion. Thank you. @kurt_gidley @NRLKnights

@GoranBomb: @kurt_gidley A passionate and loyal champion! Good luck in England Kurt, you’ll be missed definitely at the Knights.

@MattHallRacing: Congrats on a great #nrl career @kurt_gidley. Hopefully a good end to the season with @NRLKnights before you leave!

@dexters2015: @kurt_gidley a true champion on and off the game! Gonna be sad to see you go Kurt!! Best of luck!

@rossdog4: @kurt_gidley congrats skip!! Proud of you, always putting others before yourself. True leader.

@JamesDuck21: One of the best to ever throw on the red and blue @NRLKnights thanks for the memories mate! @kurt_gidley #ThanksGids

@NothingButNK: A wonderful servant to the @NRLKnights - you cannot be thanked enough @kurt_gidley #ThanksGids