Jack Reed has pulled the pin on his Broncos career.
Jack Reed has pulled the pin on his Broncos career. DAVID ROWLAND

Reed retires from Brisbane Broncos

BRISBANE Broncos centre Jack Reed said the decision to quit was a no-brainer after the England international called time on his rugby league career effective immediately.

The former Bribie Island junior was forced to hang up the boots after struggling with a shoulder injury for most of this season.

Reed had surgery and has undergone intensive rehabilitation but now has recognised his shoulder will never be good enough to play at the highest level again.

The centre decided after discussions with medical experts and his family to make the difficult decision to retire from the game.

"I sat down with my lovely wife and my family,” he said.

"It wasn't an easy decision but being a father rather than a football player was a no-brainer.

"They (family) have been so supportive of me through it all.

"I knew myself that I wouldn't be able to come back to the full extent need to play at this level with the boys.

"It was tough but I knew it was best for me.”

Reed, who has played 126 NRL games for the Broncos also played five Tests for the country of his birth, England, and was an NRL All Star in 2012.

He joked he would have loved to have had a longer career such as that of teammate Corey Parker, but said he was satisfied with his lot.

"To do it (play football) for as long as I have is a massive thing. Everyone dreams of that fairytale send off to play into your late 60s and get a premiership like Parky (Parker),” he laughed.

"It wasn't meant to be for me.

"But I will remember every moment as if it were my last.

"I have made some dear friends and lifelong connections and do believe the club is the reaason I will be so successful outside of football in the future and I will miss those moments.”

Broncos chief executive paid tribute to Reed, saying: "It is a disappointing end for Jack but he can be very proud of what he has been able to achieve in his six years at the Broncos.

"He came to us on the chance of a pre-season and in one year went from being a Queensland Cup player to a Test representative.

"He also played in an NRL grand final last year.

"We thank Jack for his efforts, and wish him and his lovely young family all the best for the future.”



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