ALEX HEINKE reports.
Gold Coast Titans forward Ben Ridge has called it quits on his NRL career and will return to his home town of Roma with his wife and kid.
A bad run of injury since joining the club straight from school in 2008 has ultimately forced the back-rower to draw the curtain on a promising career.
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The 25-year-old will be sidelined for the rest of the season because of a medial ligament problem after starting the season late because of a pectoral injury suffered in the first trial match back in February.
The tough back-rower, one of the most popular and hardest working clubman at the Titans, admits that the mental toll as much as the physical setbacks have weighed him down.
He had eight seasons at the club after starting in the under-20s in 2008, signed from St Brendan’s College at Yeppoon.
He was the NYC captain in his second season and made his NRL debut against the Dragons in round 20, 2010.