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Parramatta Eels winger Eric Grothe has today announced his retirement from the NRL.

The 30-year-old will not fulfill his one-year contract with the Club in 2011 after striving to come back from a knee injury.

Grothe says it is a sad day but is looking forward to taking on many new projects in his life.

“I’m going to miss the Club and especially the boys, but I feel it is the right time to move on,” he says.

“I‘ve had many injuries throughout my career and it’s getting harder to recover from them. I loved my many years at Parra but I have other things I want to concentrate on now.”

Grothe made his debut with the Parramatta Eels in 1999 against the North Queensland Cowboys. He joined the Sydney Roosters in 2002 before rejoining the Eels in 2004.

The Eagle Vale junior made his representative debut in 2005, playing for City and Australia in the same season. In 2006 he played all three Origins for New South Wales.

The talented winger played 142 NRL games and scored 268 points from 67 tries.

Grothe will now concentrate on his personal training business and music and TV career.