nib Newcastle Knights and Queensland State of Origin forward Tim Glasby has today announced his immediate retirement from rugby league.
Glasby has been sidelined since late June as a result of suffering multiple concussions over a short period and prolonged symptoms.
A father of two and husband, Glasby’s has received medical advice to not return to full contact and made the decision to retire.
Glasby finishes his career with 138 NRL games (110 Storm, 28 Knights) and five Origin appearances for the Maroons.
Glasby said; “I’ve had a lot of time to sit back and reflect on my career and I am truly grateful for everything the game has given me.
“If you had told me when I first signed with the Storm, I would go on to win a premiership and run out for Queensland in State of Origin, I would’ve thought you were joking.
Thanks Glas: The best of Tim's career
“I am appreciative for the opportunities I have had and the support of my family throughout the journey.
“I want to thank my mum and dad, my wife Casey, children Parker and Remy and all the teammates and staff at the Storm, Maroons and Knights. I have worked with some incredible people over the years.
“Lastly, I want to thank the supporters from Newcastle and Melbourne. I have memories from both Clubs that will stay with me forever.”
Having joined the Knights in 2019 via Melbourne, Glasby has brought premiership winning experience and leadership to the Club.
The Rockhampton product won a title with the Storm in 2017 and has been mentoring many of the emerging middles in the Knights’ system.
Coach Adam O’Brian said; “Tim Glasby typifies exactly what hard work and determination can get you in life,” O’Brien said.
“All of his success at Club and representative level has come on the back of hard work.
“I have been very fortunate to spend over a decade with Tim and share some special moments in the NRL with him.
“He’s also been a huge help with my transition into head coaching.
“His leadership has been exceptional and probably the best compliment I can give him is that not only does he get the most out of himself but he gets the most out of us all.
“I am extremely proud of Tim and what he has achieved in his career, but above all else, I am most proud of the husband and father he is to Casey and the kids.
“It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Tim the player but Tim the person will always be a friend and I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for me and our Club.”
Starting his career up north, Glasby first entered a professional system in 2008 when he signed with Penrith to play in the NYC.
After two seasons he returned to Queensland where he played Intrust Super Cup for the Capras, who he captained in 2012.
The following year he joined Melbourne where he became a representative player after debuting for the Maroons in 2017.
He linked with the Knights in 2019 and continued his Origin contribution in what has been an incredibly successful career.
Knights CEO, Mr Philip Gardner said; “Tim showed faith in the Club during a trying period in our history.
“His leadership and experience has been invaluable and his willingness to mentor the next generation of players exemplifies his selfless nature.
“Tim is a tremendous person and family man and we wish him, his wife and children nothing but success and joy for the future.”