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Former Warrington Wolves star Matt King announces retirement
11:22am Monday 26th August 2013 in Wolves
WOLVES two-times Challenge Cup winner Matt King has confirmed his retirement.
The Australian centre or winger, who made 89 appearances for Warrington from 2008 to 2011, will hang up his boots at the end of this season.
King, who turned 33 last week, has played only three games for second-placed NRL outfit South Sydney Rabbitohs this season, having had to fight back from two broken arms in less than a year.
It will bring an end to a glittering club and representative career, including the historic back-to-back Challenge Cup Final successes with Warrington in 2009 and 2010 as well as lifting the League Leaders’ Shield with the club a year later.
And who could forget the hat-trick he scored in helping to defeat Wigan in the 2009 semi final, ending Wolves’ Wembley drought of 19 years.
He made his first-grade debut for Melbourne Storm against St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium on August 22, 2003, and has gone on to play 203 first-grade games to date, including 91 for the Storm and 23 for Rabbitohs.
King played in two Grand Finals for the Storm in 2006 and 2007. They won in 2007 but the title was subsequently stripped from the club over a salary cap scandal.
He represented Australia on 10 occasions, New South Wales in nine State of Origin games, Country Origin in three matches, and was selected in the Exiles team in 2011.
King has paid tribute to those who have helped him during his career.
“First of all I would like to thank Craig Bellamy (Melbourne coach), Tony Smith (Warrington coach) and of course Michael Maguire (South Sydney Rabbitohs coach),” he said.
“They have all helped me greatly in achieving my goals over the years.
“Then I would like to thank every team mate I’ve ever played with, right back to the under 7s at the Casino Cougars.
“I’d also like to thank anyone that loves the game of Rugby League, because those people are the ones that make it such a privilege for us few who get the opportunity to represent them for our clubs, our states and our countries.
“And last but not least I want to thank my Mum and Dad, my brothers and sister, and most importantly my wife Kirsten and our two girls Charlie and Willow. It’s been an amazing ride and I’m glad I’ve been able to share it all with them.
“I will look forward to the next chapter in my life once this season is over, and hopefully I can maintain a connection with the sport I love in rugby league, and the club I’ve grown to love over the past two years in South Sydney.”
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