2 Aug 2016

Henry announces retirement from league

6:10 pm on 2 August 2016

Warriors back rower Ben Henry has announced his retirement from rugby league following a short career marred by injury.

Warriors Second row Ben Henry (L) is tackled by Brisbane Full back Ben Barba (R) during the round 19 NRL match between the Auckland Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, 2014.

Ben Henry (L) playing for the Warriors Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 24-year-old's fifth NRL campaign was ended by a patella injury to his left knee in the opening match of the season against Wests Tigers in March.

It followed ACL injuries to the same knee in 2013 and 2015, the injuries limiting Henry to just 52 appearances since his NRL debut against Manly at Eden Park in the first round of the 2012 season.

"It's been a tough call to make because my goals were always to be a professional rugby league player," he said after telling his team-mates about his decision today.

"It's a huge disappointment but after all the damage to my knee there really wasn't any option. While my heart was set on coming back yet again I've had to accept my body won't allow me to compete at the level I need to.

"While there have been setbacks I'm still so grateful for the opportunities rugby league has given me. To be able to play for the club in the NYC and the NRL as well as making my Test debut for my country has been a privilege.

"I've played alongside so many great players and I'll always cherish those times. I want to thank all the team-mates and coaches I've had for being there to support me through the good and bad times.

"This isn't the way I planned it but now I have made this decision I'm ready for the next phase of life after football."

After coming into the Vodafone Warriors development system, Henry made his NYC debut in 2009 and went on to make a club record 64 appearances in the grade.

He captained the side in 2010 and 2011, missing the grand final win in 2010 but leading the side to its premiership victory the following year.

Mainly used as a back rower during his NRL career, he also played in the centres. He has finished his career with 17 tries plus three goals in his 52 games.

-RNZ