Jack Reed, the Brisbane Broncos and England centre, has been forced into an early retirement aged 28.
A serious shoulder injury has left Reed with no other option but to hang up the boots after his rehabilitation from surgery failed to sufficiently improve his condition.
Reed, who made five appearances for England, has been riddled with injuries throughout his career, with his shoulder proving to be a particular problem. He has accepted the advice from his medical team and made the decision to retire from the sport with immediate effect.
Reed made his professional debut at the Broncos and went on to make 126 NRL appearances for the club. He had been linked with a move to Super League for 2017, with Salford head coach Ian Watson declaring his interest in the centre, although that is now out of the question.
“It is a disappointing end for Jack but he can be very proud of what he has been able to achieve in his six years at the Broncos,” said Brisbane chief executive Paul White.
“He came to us on the chance of a pre-season and in one year went from being a Queensland Cup player to a Test representative.
“He also played in an NRL grand final last year.
“We thank Jack for his efforts, and wish him and his lovely young family all the best for the future.”
Reed is expected to release a statement later today.