Sport My time has come: 'Old man' Sam Thaiday confirms NRL exit

12:08  06 july  2018
12:08  06 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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SAM Thaiday has today confirmed 2018 will be his last season in the NRL – and he has done it in his own individual way. "I'm definitely one of the lucky ones who has turned a fun game I played as a kid into a job I love as an adult. "But my time has come .

Brisbane Broncos great Sam Thaiday dressed as himself in 40 years' time as he confirmed he was retiring from the NRL at the end of the season. Thaiday said last year the 2018 season would be his last, and he confirmed that Friday. The 33-year- old has played 294 games for the Broncos

Long career: Sam Thaiday dressed as an old man while announcing his retirement.© Twitter/NRL Photos Long career: Sam Thaiday dressed as an old man while announcing his retirement.

Brisbane Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday confirmed that this season would be his last in the NRL - making the announcement in typically unique fashion.

Thaiday, 33, made the most of a visit to Wheller On The Park, a Wesley Mission Queensland retirement village, by giving himself the full 'Uncle Drew' treatment, dressing up as a version of himself 40 years into the future.

"I've always been a bit different in everything I've done - but I've always been true to myself and done things my way ... so this is my way of being remembered," said Thaiday.

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Dylan Napa and Sam Thaiday lock horns. ©Grant Trouville/ NRL Photos. Sims' injury has come at the worst possible time as they prepare to host Parramatta on Thursday night. "It is disappointing for us," Thaiday said.

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The forward is just six games away from reaching the magical 300 mark for the Broncos, having spent his entire first-grade career with the club since his debut in 2003.

In that time, Thaiday was a mainstay in both the State of Origin and international arenas, playing 29 times for Queensland and 34 times for the Kangaroos.

Brisbane Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday confirmed that this season would be his last in the NRL.© Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Brisbane Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday confirmed that this season would be his last in the NRL. He also played in four World Club Series games for Brisbane, and made two appearances for the Indigenous All Stars.

"I've been lucky enough to be a Bronco for 16 seasons, and played for my state and my country," he said.

"I've seen the game change – from 12 to eight interchanges, from one to two referees, to the bunker, live streaming, and the effect of social media."

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Brisbane Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday . ©Scott Davis/ NRL Photos. Bennett confirmed the bench would be as named with outside back Tom Opacic and Thaiday joined by Joe It is not a one- man band. One has got to get his backline working and the other one has got to get his forwards working.

In a 2010 NRL game, between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys, Sam again came under criticism, again for entering a fight as the "Third- man -in" (though technically he was fourth). Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sam Thaiday .

Thaiday's dress-up was reminiscent of the Uncle Drew series of videos starring NBA star Kyrie Irving - where Irving, dressed as an old man, would travel to random basketball courts and unleash his full array of skills on unsuspecting park ballers.

The series was a runaway success, leading to a full-length feature film being released this year.

"Because if you don't remember my incredible rugby league resume, how are you going to forget that footy player that announced his retirement dressed up as himself as an old man?" Thaiday added.

"I'm definitely one of the lucky ones who has turned a fun game I played as a kid into a job I love as an adult. But my time has come.

"Thank you all for the support throughout my career thus far, and of course for the rest of the season."

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