Super League: Hull FC prop Mark O'Meley retires early due to knee injury
Hull front-rower Mark O'Meley has announced his retirement after being ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Last Updated: 04/09/13 12:43pm
The 32-year-old former Australia prop had already revealed that he was hanging up his boots at the end of the campaign to return to his homeland.
But he suffered knee ligament damage during the Tetley's Challenge Cup final defeat to Wigan last month which has now ended his sparkling 15-year career as a professional.
"It's a premature ending but it's good to be able to say my last game was at Wembley in a big final with a good bunch of guys and all the Hull fans behind us," said O'Meley on Hull FC's official website.
"It's a bit saddening and I wouldn't have minded having a couple of last hit-outs with the boys before retiring at the end of the season.
"But everybody has made me feel welcome, the supporters have been awesome to me, the club's been tremendous and I've made some really good friends here.
"I've had a lot of blokes getting in touch talking about retirement and how you deal with it. It will be a bit difficult but there's a time when everybody has to stop doing what they love.
"I've done it since I was 15 and now I'm at an age where I've got to find the next chapter in my life and I'm pretty comfortable with doing that.
"I want to be grateful for the game that's given me everything I've got and rewarded me the way it did.
"It was disappointing that we didn't win at Wembley but it's still given me a taste of that and I count myself pretty fortunate and lucky to have had that experience, as well as playing for my country and for New South Wales and winning the NRL Grand Final."
O'Meley scored 13 tries in 90 appearances for the Black and Whites after joining the club from Sydney Roosters in 2010 along with Craig Fitzgibbon.
He collected an NRL Grand Final winner's medal with the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2004 and won 15 international caps for the Kangaroos and also represented New South Wales and the International Exiles.