Returning Gold Coast Titans forward Brenton Lawrence has announced his retirement from rugby league, effective immediately.
Lawrence signed a two-year contract with the Titans in August but since his arrival at the club, the 32-year-old has made the decision that his mind and body can no longer take on the rigours of an NRL season.
Lawrence made his NRL debut for the Titans in Round 16 of season 2011, playing 18 games for the club, before playing 84 games for Manly.
"It's with mixed emotions I make this decision. I would love to feel like a 20-year-old and have many more seasons ahead, the reality is I'm not and I believe this is the best decision for the team, and for myself," Lawrence said.
"I'm proud of what I've achieved in rugby league. I have experienced some of the best years of my life both at the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles.
"I've been so fortunate through rugby league to create incredible memories and friendships that I hold very dear and I would like to thank everyone who has ever supported my career. It is something I have never taken for granted."