Injuries force Shillington to call it a day
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gold Coast prop David Shillington has announced his immediate retirement from rugby league due to chronic injuries.
The 33-year-old has battled a host of serious injuries over the past few seasons, including a pectoral muscle tear, plus back and shoulder issues.
With the big man needing his ninth round of surgery in 12 seasons, he made the decision to call time on a memorable career despite having one year remaining on his Titans contract.
Shillington made his NRL debut for the Roosters in 2005, before moving to Canberra in 2009 and then the Gold Coast in 2016. In total, he made 215 NRL appearances.
He also made 14 Test appearances for Australia and played eight Origins for Queensland.
"It's not necessarily the way that you'd like to retire from the game but injuries are a part of it and it's just all a bit much for me to continue putting my body through it," Shillington said.
"I've had a great time in the game and it's given me so much. The people I've met along the way and the fun I've had, has given me plenty of great memories.
"I'd like to thank the three clubs I played for over the years for allowing me to play the game that I love for a living and helping me achieve many of my goals.
"I won't be lost to the game though, I'm looking forward to my next chapter where I'll do some work as part of the NRL Ambassador program."