Luke Lewis has announced that he will retire from rugby league at the end of the season.
The soon-to-be 35-year old, confirmed his future on NRL360, after 18 seasons in first grade.
Lewis will cap off a remarkable career, 315 games scoring 119 tries, and two premierships with the Penrith in 2003 and Cronulla in 2016, where he was crowned the Clive-Churchill medallist.
He has represented NSW on 17 occasions and appeared in 16 tests for Australia.-
“You turned up,” Kent said to Lewis. “Your ability just to get the job done every week I think is testament to you as a player and as a man. There was never a week off.”
Lewis emphasised the prominence that Penrith premiership winner Brad Izzard had on career, his work ethic inspired Lewis to become a fierce competitor.
“I remember as a young kid Brad Izzard came into the room and said to us, ‘You might think you’re the most talented player in this room, but I promise you the most talented won’t make it, the ones that will make it are the ones that are willing to work hard,” Lewis said.
“I never made anything as a kid, I never made schoolboys or any sort of representative side but that was something pretty close to my heart what Brad said.
“He said if you’re willing to be out training on Christmas Day and the bloke that’s coming up for your position is not you get that little bit of an edge over him and you might get an opportunity.
“So, that’s something that I’ve always done, tried to work as hard as I possibly can to put myself in the best shape I can… and fingers crossed I don’t let my teammates down.”
Josh Reynolds said that Lewis’ attitude off the field, is what he’ll remember most.
“I was lucky enough to play in an Origin series with him and obviously he’s done so much in footy but honestly off the field he’s just a deadset legend.
“I’ve never heard, and this is the honest truth, one person say a bad thing about him.
“He was there for me in that Origin time, I was so nervous coming in and he was just like, ‘Mate just back yourself, back your ability’, and I just know in the next chapter of his life he’ll touch people in other ways… I’ll remember Lukey Lewis for that plus as an amazing footballer as well.”