Justin Hodges to retire from the NRL

Former Test and Queensland centre Justin Hodges has announced he will hang up the boots at the end of the 2015 NRL season.

The 33-year-old had another year to go on his contract with Brisbane but said on Monday he had decided to forgo it.

“I just feel now is the right time to announce this so the team and I can concentrate on playing our best football for the Broncos for the rest of the season,” said Hodges.


“I just want to thank my family and friends, all the coaches, staff and past teammates at the Broncos, and all the members and fans for their support they have given me over my career,” he added.

A veteran of 245 NRL matches, Hodges has battled back from serious injury several times.

He made his NRL debut as a 17-year-old for Brisbane in the 2000 season, playing two seasons with the Broncos before heading south to the Sydney Roosters in 2002.

He returned to the Broncos from the 2005 season and featured in their 2006 grand final win over Melbourne.

He played 13 Tests for Australia from 2006 and 24 State of Origin matches for Queensland, only retiring from that arena after the Maroons’ series-clinching 52-6 win over NSW in July.