Former Super League star and current Manly Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon has announced he will retire from playing at the end of the 2016 NRL season.
Lyon, who was a revelation when joining St Helens for two seasons in 2005 and 2006, will finish playing at the end of this year after announcing the decision on Wednesday.
Lyon was the 2005 Man of Steel after joining the Saints, and played a pivotal role in their all-conquering 2006 side – as well as being named in the Super League Dream Team for both of his two years in England before returning to the NRL with Manly.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said he knew it was the right time to call it a day.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a little while and thought it was the right time,” Lyon said. “Physically and mentally I knew it was time to hang them up and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.
“My family have been great throughout; the kids wanted me to keep playing and I would have loved to but I’m happy with the decision and can’t wait to start the next chapter.
“My team-mates were a little bit shocked, they didn’t see it coming. I’m not that young anymore so I didn’t think it would be a surprise, but I’m really happy the decision has been made and I can get it out of the road.
“It’ll be hard not seeing the guys every day but I’m looking forward to starting something different.”