NEW HORIZONS: Matt King is set to retire at the end of this season.
NEW HORIZONS: Matt King is set to retire at the end of this season. Matt Kinggetty Images

Retiring at the top of his game

CASINO product Matt King will have one last chance to win a National Rugby League premiership with South Sydney in 2013.

King, 33, announced his retirement on Monday and will finish a two-year stint with the Rabbitohs next month.

A grand final win would be the perfect send-off for King who won his first senior grand final with the Marist Brothers Rams in the local Northern Rivers competition.

Rumours of his retirement have been circulating all year after he suffered two broken arms with a serious infection after the first break.

King started out as Casino junior and was quick to acknowledge the club when he announced his retirement on the South Sydney website.

"I would like to thank every team-mate I've ever played with, right back to the under-7s at the Casino Cougars," King said. "I look forward to the next chapter in my life once this season is over and hopefully maintain a connection with the sport I love.

"I still have a job to do at the Rabbitohs for the rest of the season and I'm looking forward to playing my role in helping us achieve the highest honours we can this year."

King has played in two NRL grand finals with Melbourne in 2006 and winning one with the club in 2007.

The premiership was later stripped due to salary cap breaches.

King played for NSW and Australia before taking up a lucrative four-year deal with the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League.

He won back-to-back Challenge Cup titles with Warrington in 2009 and 2010.

King is likely to continue his association in a working role with Souths or the NRL next season.

 

MATT KING

Born: August 22 1980, Casino

Position: centre-wing

First grade debut: on his 23rd birthday in 2003 against the Dragons in round 24

First grade games: 203

First grade points: 254 in NRL from 63 tries and one goal; 220 in ESL from 55 tries

Representative honours: Ten tests for Australia, nine State of Origin games for NSW, three games for Country Origin



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