Is Don. Is Done.
Titans legend Anthony Don has officially announced his retirement from NRL, confirming he will be hanging up the boots at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old retires as a one-club man, having debuted for the Gold Coast at the age of just 25 in 2013.
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Since then, the humble winger has scored 85 tries across 152 games, notching up the title of the Titans’ all-time leading try scorer.
Speaking to reporters from the club’s training ground in Parkwood on Tuesday, an emotional Don said it was a bittersweet decision to make.
“Obviously where I am now, I’ve played 152 games and spent my whole career at the one club, which is something I’m really proud of,” he said
“Last year I went into the season really wanting to get another contract extension.
“But then earlier this year I realised I hadn’t been playing as good as I had been, and that’s probably when I started thinking about my decision to retire”.
Coach Justin Holbrook paid tribute to the club’s top try-scorer, saying he leaves a “great legacy” on the coast.
“I would like to wish the Don family of Anthony, Sam and Frankie all the best for life after footy,” Holbrook said.
“Donny has invested a lot of time and hard work into this club and he deserves the accolade of being the Titans top try scorer.
“His professionalism and the high standards he sets for himself have been reflected in the number of first-grade games that he’s achieved over the past nine years.”
Titans CEO Steve Mitchell said Don will be greatly missed, admitting there is “no doubt he has been the favourite player of fans for a long time”.
“You only earn that title with a great commitment to the club both on and off the field and Anthony has been a wonderful representative for our game,” Mr Mitchell said.
“From his roots in the Northern Rivers to achieving on the national stage, I want to congratulate Anthony for a wonderful career in the NRL.
“As the newest club in the league, we haven’t had many players do what Anthony has done – play 150 games and start and finish their career on the Coast.”
While Don may not be playing for the club at the year’s end, it appears he won’t be going too far away.
“We’d love to keep him around the Club and hope he has a role to play with the Titans for years to come,” Mr Mitchell said.
To add to his accolades, Don retires as the only winger to have claimed the Paul Broughton Medal as the Titans best and fairest, taking home the honour in 2017.