GOLD COAST veteran lock Ashley Harrison is hoping the Titans can continue their winning form into the finals, after announcing his retirement.
The Queensland Origin star has revealed, he’ll hang up his boots at the end of the 2014 NRL season.
The Titans, who are yet to make a grand final, are currently at the top of the ladder after five rounds.
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The Titans website reports, Harrison had a year remaining on his Titans contract but “knew it was time” to draw down the curtain.
He picked an appropriate time to make the announcement, days before he matches up against the club where his career began back in 2001, the Brisbane Broncos, in this Friday night’s top-of-the-table local derby at Cbus Super Stadium.
“I wanted to go out on my terms while still enjoying the game, which I am more than ever probably,” Harrison said. “And I want to be a player that maybe retired a season too early than a season too late.”
“There is no better time to announce it after we’re coming off three good wins and the club is in good shape; I certainly didn’t want to become a distraction.”
Titans coach John Cartwright paid tribute to the consistency and commitment of Harrison.
“Ash is the thorough professional and the impact he has on our team extends far more than what you see on match day,” Cartwright said. “His influence is enormous at our club; he’s irreplaceable.”
The 32-year-old is a qualified financial advisor and has long had plans to go into that industry.