Body tells Hall it’s his last season
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.”