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Long serving Wests Tigers prop Todd Payten has today announced his retirement at the end of the 2011 Telstra Premiership season.
The respected front-rower was contracted to the club next season but has decided the time is right to bring down the curtain on a wonderful career that started back in Canberra in 1996.
A Temora junior, Payten has played 253 NRL games in a career that has seen him play at Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roosters before joining Wests Tigers in 2004. He played in the premiership winning Wests Tigers team in 2005.
Currently recovering from a knee injury, Payten has been the leader of the Wests Tigers pack and has played 145 games for the Club. He hopes to start running by the end of the month.