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Eels hooker Kaysa Pritchard.

Injuries have forced Eels hooker Kaysa Pritchard to retire at the age of 25.

Parramatta announced the hooker's retirement on Friday due to the serious injury he suffered during a match in 2018.

In February, the club granted his request for time away from the game to assess his playing future. 

The younger brother of former Eels forward Frank Pritchard, he made his NRL debut for the Eels in 2013 and played 47 games for the club. He made his international debut in 2016 when he was selected to play for Samoa. 

"I feel privileged to have played rugby league professionally, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that have come with it," he said.

"I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and support staff who I have worked with, and I’d like to acknowledge all the fans and members who have supported me."

Pritchard is embarking on the next phase of his life having already completed his HR licence, crane and forklift tickets, dogging, rigging and construction certificates. He is now studying Cert 3 in carpentry and joinery to pursue a career as a carpenter and builder.

Eels CEO Bernie Gurr said it is disappointing to lose a player to injury.

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"Kaysa has been such a tough and fierce competitor, has always given his best and he will always be part of the Eels family. Kaysa will be missed here at the Eels and we wish him all the best with his future," Gurr said.

The Eels will honour his contribution during Saturday night's clash with the Broncos.