‘One of the best to take the field’: Rugby league fans in shock as superstar half-back and all-round good dude are forced to retire with shoulder injury at just 29
- Michael Morgan is considered one of the best half backs in the game
- He is forced to retire because his shoulder injury cannot heal
It’s far from how Michael Morgan wanted to bow, but the North Queensland co-captain says he has no control over his early retirement from the NRL.
Morgan confirmed his immediate departure on Friday after the 29-year-old was finally convinced by doctors that his chronic shoulder problem was ending his career.
Morgan debuted in 2010 and played 168 NRL games, starring in the historic 2015 premiership in North Queensland.
He is halfway through a lucrative contract and will receive a multi-million dollar payout after the nasty injury flared up again in the second round this season.
Michael Morgan plays in his last NRL game against the Penrith Panthers (above).
Michael Morgan, with partner Brianna O’Toole, starred in one of the greatest Grand Finals ever when his North Queensland Cowboys beat the Brisbane Broncos in 2015
“This is not the way I envisioned my career to end, but I am retiring knowing that for the past 12 months I have given myself every opportunity to make my shoulder strong enough to keep playing,” said Morgan , who played 12 times for Queensland and Australia. , said.
‘Unfortunately I had no control over the end result.
“Even though I hang up at the age of 29, I am extremely proud of everything I have achieved as an NRL player over the course of 12 seasons.”
The playmaker’s flick pass to set up Kyle Feldt’s attempt to level the scores after the full-time siren in the 2015 grand finale will long remain in the memory of Cowboys fans, as he also played as they made a remarkable run to the decider of 2017.
Cowboys boss Jeff Reibel said his impact off the field was just as crucial.
“His leadership around our club and his concern for not just his teammates but everyone at the Cowboys was inspiring,” he said.
His toughness and tenacity to endure what he’s had for the past few seasons is to be admired – he’s looked under every last stone and endured a lot of pain to get to the point he has now.
“Michael Morgan will be remembered as one of the best ever to take the field for the North Queensland Cowboys.”
A pensive Michael Morgan sits on the sidelines during the Round 3 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans on March 28 – he had to retire on Friday.