Slammin & # 39; Sam show how it's done: NRL star breaks off when he announces an early retirement – instead of just writing a letter while galloping on a beach like Burgess
- Sam Burgess withdrew from the Rugby League on Wednesday for medical reasons
- He has been struggling with a serious shoulder injury since a competition in April
- But he didn't stand in front of the cameras because he's on a beach in Mexico with his brother
- Only weeks ago, Burgess divorced himself for the second time from his wife Phoebe
- Matt Gillett announced his retirement during an emotional press concert
An NRL star broke when he announced his retirement at an emotional press conference – unlike Sam Burgess who wrote a letter while enjoying the sun in Mexico.
After a serious shoulder injury towards the end of the 2019 season, Broncos second rower Matt Gillett was forced to retire.
Doctors informed that the 31-year-old shoulder operation was not an option and he risked serious and long-term damage if he continued to play.
Shattered Broncos player Matt Gillett (photo) has announced his retirement from the rugby league, with immediate effect in an emotional press conference on Thursday afternoon
Gillett put a serious shoulder injury on the shelf before doctors told him that he would risk life-long problems if he continued to play and the second rower encouraged his family (photo) to take first place
The stripped Maroons and Kangaroos player accepted the medical advice and announced his retirement on Thursday, with immediate effect.
& # 39; It's a really tough decision, but in the end my family is the most important & # 39 ;, said an emotional Gillett.
& # 39; Although it is very difficult today, I know I can look back on my career and be thankful for what I have achieved and the friends I made during the trip.
& # 39; I have enough to be thankful for – I have been part of a great club here at the Broncos throughout my career. I played for my state and for my country with some legends of the game. & # 39;
Broncos coach Anthony Seibold also paid tribute to Gillett's career and said he had proven himself as a hard-working and modest man.
In the emotional scenes on Thursday, the 31-year-old former Maroons and Kangaroos player thanked the Broncos, his fans and teammates for a career he said he had felt happy
Despite the end of his time on the playing field, the Broncos said they would keep Gillett in an off-field capacity at the club.
Gillett & # 39; s emotional announcement for the camera came just days after the mayor of South Sydney Rabbitohs announced his retirement.
South Sydney announced during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that the attacker had retired from the rugby league on medical grounds.
But instead of standing in front of the cameras, Burgess was 12,000 miles away in Cabo, Mexico, where he was sunbathing hours earlier on the beach.
In stark contract with Gillett former South Sydney player Sam Burgess closed his own retirement announcement to party on a beach while his ruined fans heard the news
Burgess & # 39; retirement ended a tumultuous fourteen days, starting with his second divorce with his wife Phoebe and her father concluding an AVO against him.
He suffered from what turned out to be a career-ending shoulder injury that ended in a & # 39; chronic condition & # 39; throughout the season.
Instead of making him appear in person, the club issued a long statement attributed to Burgess, thanking fans for their support over the years.
& # 39; I absolutely loved every minute; the highlights, the lows; the Grand final; coming home; my injuries; my dates with the judiciary. It was a really fantastic ride, & it said.
& # 39; This decision was one of the most difficult decisions I had to make in my life, but the decision was essentially out of my hands. I am no longer able to be myself day in, day out on the training field and therefore on the playing field.
& # 39; I will not play in the NRL next season. My time is up. I'm excited for my next chapter in life, whatever that may be. & # 39;
Burgess played 182 games for Souths and was Clive Churchill Medalist in their big final win against the 2014 drought.
Instead of standing in front of the cameras, Burgess will be 12,000 km away in Cabo, Mexico, where he had been spotted hours ago and sunbathing on the beach
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