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Steele Retchless will head back to his hometown Brisbane at the end of this season after playing 202 games for London Broncos over a seven-year period.
The club and Steele had been in negotiations about extending his contract by a further year although Steele feels that now is the right time for him and his family to head home.
I?ve weighed up my options and I just think it is best that we head back to Brisbane and start fresh. I?ll remain in the game, and right now I am looking at a couple of player/coach roles Queensland.?
I?ve had seven good years with this club and it will always hold pride of place in my heart.?
We have developed many good friendships over the years with a lot of good people, and have many fond memories.?
It?s not been easy for the Broncos to fly the flag down here, but we?ve fought long and hard for the game to be a success, and the club continues to make good progress.?
When I look back I?ll know that plenty of my own sweat over the years will have been for a great purpose.?
We?ll say our farewells at our last home game.?
Coach Tony Rea commented: ?He has been so important to this club and he will be missed. I know he?s put a lot of thought into this decision.?
There will be a void to fill but having spoken to Steele I know he feels that there are players within the club who are ready to make that step up. It?s a responsible decision he?s made which I certainly respect.?
He will be fondly remembered here in the capital. I wish him and his family all the very best for their future.?
Steel has played 202 games for London since joining the club in 1998. His game last Sunday was his 83rd consecutive appearance.
Say farewell to both Steele and Jimmy Dymock at Griffin Park for the final home game of the season against Wigan Warriors on Sunday 12th September.
Book discounted tickets in advance (adults from ?10) on 0871 222 1657