Inaugural iSelect Gold Coast Titans utility Luke O’Dwyer has today announced that season 2013 will be his last in the NRL, with the 30-year-old deciding to retire at the end of the season.
As he prepares to play his milestone 100th match for the Titans against the Bulldogs on Monday night, Tweed Heads product O’Dwyer has made the decision to retire after a 10-year career at the top.
O’Dwyer made his NRL debut for Parramatta in 2004 and enjoyed three-seasons with the Eels before returning home to the Gold Coast for the Titans’ inaugural year in 2007.
O’Dwyer is one of only three remaining inaugural Titans and on Monday night at ANZ Stadium will become only the ninth player in club history to represent the Titans in 100 matches.
“I feel now is the right time to hang up the boots,’’ said O’Dwyer.
“I’ve been lucky to have played 10 seasons in the NRL and I’m glad that I’ve been able to play the majority of those in my hometown with the Titans.
“But I realise that my career can’t go on forever and I’ve made the decision to start the next chapter of my life which will still be working in rugby league off the field.’’
O’Dwyer, who helped set-up the Legends of Sports management group to provide support and guidance for Gold Coast athletes, will be employed by the Titans as a Business Development Executive commencing in November and also plans to pursue other business interests within rugby league.
He already holds a Business Diploma and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business and Cert IV in Career Development.
iSelect Titans Coach John Cartwright said O’Dwyer had been ‘Mr Reliable’ for the club both on and off the field.
“Chalky has been a great player for the club and the type of player that you can rely to a job in the forwards or the backs,’’ said Cartwright.
“His versatility has made him a valuable asset to this club over the last seven years and it’s been great to witness his development from a young player learning his trade to a senior NRL player during that time.
“It’s great that he has the opportunity to stay involved in the game with the Titans in a different capacity and we wish him all the best for the future.’’
NRL Career: 2004 – 2013 (Eels 2004-6, Titans 2007-13)
NRL Debut: Eels vs Broncos, Rnd 2, 2004
Club Debut: Titans vs Knights, Rnd 15, 2007
NRL Games: 125 *
Titans Games: 99 *
Career Tries: 29 *
Titans Tries: 19 *
* Stats after Round 21, 2013