The Courier-Mail

Body tells Hall it’s his last sea­son

- LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

WITH North Queens­land’s for­wards stocks run­ning deep and his body start­ing to tap him on the shoul­der, Cowboys vet­eran back­rower Glenn Hall has called time on his NRL ca­reer.

Hall yesterday an­nounced his re­tire­ment from first grade ef­fec­tive at the end of this sea­son, bring­ing to a close a ca­reer which has so far ex­pe­ri­enced 192 games, five NRL clubs, five fi­nals cam­paigns, a stint in the English Su­per League and a premier­ship win with Manly in 2008.

Hall was one of a num­ber of key se­nior play­ers to join North Queens­land ahead of the 2011 sea­son, along with Dal­las John­son, Ash­ton Sims and Brent Tate, and has been a part of the lead­er­ship group as the Cowboys have qual­i­fied for their fifth straight fi­nals.

The 34-year-old made three of his 98 Cowboys ap­pear­ances in 2015 but has played a strong role in the Townsville Black­hawks charge to the mi­nor premier­ship in their maiden In­trust Su­per Cup sea­son.

“I think the body has started telling me things through the year, and af­ter a long and hot pre-sea­son and then the first cou­ple of rounds, I was just pulling up a lit­tle bit sore and tak­ing that lit­tle bit longer to get over those lit­tle bumps and bruises,” Hall said.

“Ob­vi­ously be­ing 34 now, you start to feel those things and you slow down a lit­tle bit more and I sup­pose it was my body’s way of telling me it was time to go.

“Look­ing for­ward for the Cowboys too, they’ve got such a good nurs­ery of kids com­ing through and Greeny (coach Paul Green) has re­ally got them go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

 ??  ?? IT’S TIME: Glenn Hall tack­les Jason Tau­malolo at train­ing.
IT’S TIME: Glenn Hall tack­les Jason Tau­malolo at train­ing.

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