Frank-Paul Nuuausala to retire at season’s end
Sydney Roosters player number 1074, forward Frank-Paul Nuuausala, has today announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 NRL season.
"This is something I've been thinking about for a while now, and I know that it's the right time," said Nuuausala.
"I'm so grateful for everything rugby league has given me. Playing the game I love has given me so much. I have been able to provide a better life for my family and to share experiences beyond my wildest dreams.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me make my dreams come true over the last 12 years. I've made bonds that I will carry for life. Not just the players but also the people behind the scenes. You are my family.
"To the Canberra Raiders and Wigan Warriors, thank you for many special moments.
"To the Club that has had the biggest impact on my life on and off the field. Thank you to the Roosters for believing in me and for taking me in as a young kid. I bleed red, white and blue and I am a better man for my time with the Club.
"Having the chance to return to the Roosters this year, and to have my career end where it began, with my wife Brodee and son Kobee-John by my side, means the world to me," he added.
Roosters Head Coach Trent Robinson thanked Nuuausala for his contribution to the Club.
"A man of integrity who has always led with his actions, Frank has made a significant contribution to the Roosters over the last decade," said Robinson.
"Frank typifies what makes rugby league so special. He has had to overcome many hurdles throughout his career, and the result of that is a man who has not only left his imprint for his on-field achievements, but just as importantly, since his return to the Club, he has had an enormous impact on our playing squad and the development of players through to NRL.
"Frank has made many good friends here at the Club and on behalf of everyone associated with the Roosters, we thank him and wish his young family nothing but the very best for the future," he added.
In a career that has spanned 186 games in the NRL to date, Nuuausala made his NRL debut with the Roosters and played 153 games for the Club between 2007-2014. Nuuausala, who was a member of the Club's 2013 Premiership-winning side, returned to the Roosters in 2018 and has played two games in the top grade so far this season.
He also made 31 appearances with the Canberra Raiders between 2015-2016. In the English Super League, Nuuausala played 47 matches with the Wigan Warriors between 2016-2017 and was a member of their Super League title-winning side in 2016.
In the representative arena, Nuuausala played 15 Tests for New Zealand between 2009-2013.