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Ashley Harrison will hang up his boots at the end of the 2014 season. Copyright: Col Whelan/NRL Photos.

Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright has paid tribute to long-serving lock Ashley Harrison who has announced he will end his outstanding 15-season NRL career at the end of the season.

Harrison had a year remaining on his Titans contract but “knew it was time” to draw down the curtain.

“I wanted to go out on my terms while still enjoying the game, which I am more than ever probably,” Harrison said. “And I want to be a player that maybe retired a season too early than a season too late."

Coach Cartwright paid tribute to Harrison’s consistency and commitment

“Ash is the thorough professional and the impact he has on our team extends far more than what you see on match day,” said Cartwright. “His influence is enormous at our club; he’s irreplaceable."

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