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Hanging up the boots! Darius Boyd announces retirement

Former Newcastle Knight Darius Boyd will officially hang up his boots at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

Debuting as a rookie winger in the 2006 season, Boyd won a competition with the Brisbane Broncos before he crossed the 30-game mark.

It wasn’t long before he was playing State of Origin, with Boyd proving instrumental in Queensland’s eight-year winning streak. His 17 tries in 28 appearances is second only to Greg Inglis in the all-time highest try scorer’s category.

Boyd also represented his country on 23 occasions, won a second premiership with St George Illawarra in 2010 and played 62 games with the Knights from 2012-2014.

Boyd announced he was calling time on his storied career this morning in Brisbane, penning a heartfelt letter to his fans explaining why he felt the time was right to call it quits.

"I was at a dinner last month when a friend asked me if this would be my last season. It had been in the back of my mind but that one question made it feel urgent and I knew right then that this would be it," Boyd said.

"I have never retired before, but the decision came into my mind and from that night. My friend said don't make any rash decisions, but I knew I was coming to this conclusion.

"This 2020 season will be my last in rugby league. I have another season to give. My body feels great and I'm excited about the season.”

Boyd will finish his career just shy of the 350-game mark and will be known as one of the best finishers the Origin arena has ever seen.