St George Illawarra prop Dan Hunt has retired from the NRL after failing to overcome a serious knee injury.
Hunt suffered the injury at the preseason Auckland Nines tournament and doctors have recommended he quit the game at a professional level. The injury was one of many for the beleaguered 28-year-old, who spent much of 2013 and 2014 on the sidelines with knee and shoulder complaints. "It is not a decision or day that any rugby league player looks forward to and it has been a difficult time and decision," Hunt said. "But after several extensive discussions with both the club's medical staff, as well as various other independent surgeons, this decision is the right one to make for my long-term well-being." Hunt played 150 NRL games for the Dragons since his 2007 debut, including the 2010 premiership season, and earned a single representative cap for New South Wales Country Origin in 2011. "I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to represent my childhood club as many times as I have," he said. Hunt will now take up a role as Dragons education ambassador and NRL State Of Mind ambassador, after a public battle with bipolar disorder as a player. "Dan is to be respected for his contributions to the Dragons both on and off the field and for the way that he has positively faced his challenges over the years," Dragons chief executive Peter Doust said.