Newcastle Knights forward Clint Newton announced on Tuesday morning he will retire at season's end.
Newton gathered his teammates together at the conclusion of training to tell them of his decision before talking to the media.
“You just have to trust the timing in your life and for me I feel like I’m contributing to the football team,” he said.
“I’m playing some decent footy so one thing I’m really proud of is what I’ve done and what I’ve achieved and have probably exceeded all the expectations I had as a 13-year-old when I started."
Newton made his first grade debut in the red and blue 14 years ago at the age of 19 and has played 105 for the Club with three NRL games this season.
He has also spent stints at the Melbourne Storm, Hull KR and the Penrith Panthers during his career.
“I just think it’s one of those opportunities where I can start a new chapter of my life and enjoy these last few rounds,” he added.
Since re-joining the Knights at the start of the 2014 season, Newton has taken on a mentoring role within the Club offering support and leadership for emerging players.
“I’m really passionate about what I do and get a real kick out of helping people and trying to empower people to do better and be better. I get really happy about that,” Newton said.
“It gives me a great feeling."
It’s not only been the moments on the football field that have proved significant for the veteran forward.
The 34-year-old paid tribute to his teammates and those involved in the Club.
“These blokes mean the world to me,” he said.
“These guys, as well as some fantastic and inspirational people along the way have given me some memories that money can’t buy.
“I’m certainly very grateful for that.”
Newton plays an integral role and offers valuable experience in the NSW Cup Knights and has recently featured in the NRL team providing depth in the pack.
“My number one priority is to do whatever I can for the Club and the players and for myself,” he said.
“If that’s playing first grade, fantastic if it’s for State Cup and leading the next crop of players into hopefully long, distinguished careers, then I’ll be proud to do that.
“I want to play first grade, I’m still capable of playing first grade, but at the end of the day you play where you deserve to play and hopefully I’m doing a good enough job to.”