Retiring Lewis will lap up his farewell
LUKE Lewis is retiring to join a new team.
The team, made up of an unprecedented eight triple-centurions and more than 4000 games worth of NRL experience, will be farewelled with a lap of honour at ANZ Stadium tonight.
And just like his Australian, NSW, Penrith and Cronulla teammates, Lewis is planning to be there when it matters for the new band of 18 brothers.
“Most of the 18 guys retiring this year I have played with and against, and we’re all going to go through ups and downs over the next few years,’’ Lewis said.
“But I’ve spent time with the majority of the boys retiring this week and you look across the room and you realise that they’re only a phone call away.
“They’re probably going to experience the same things that I’m going to experience and vice versa.’’
Johnathan Thurston, Beau Scott, Chris Heighington, Sam Thaiday, Jason Nightingale, Simon Mannering, Peter Wallace and Jason Clark will join Lewis on the lap of honour tonight.
The NRL, led by welfare and education ambassadors Dene Halatau, Andrew Ryan and Nigel Vagana, do a wonderful job in not only celebrating the retiring players’ contribution to the game, but also assisting their transition into the workforce.
Every retiree and their partner spent last Friday at an NRL workshop focused on their next phase of life.
Lewis said he was looking forward to more time with son Levi and daughter Hazel.
“More time with the kids is the first goal and I’m hoping to stay involved in some capacity,’’ he said.
Retiring star Luke Lewis at a Sharks function at Kirribilli House this week. Picture: Adam Taylor,