Eel announces NRL retirement due to ‘medical’ reasons

Eels forward Andrew Davey has joined the growing list of NRL players forced into retirement due to repeated concussions.

Parramatta announced in a statement on Wednesday that Davey had retired following “advice from medical experts”.

The 31-year-old was contracted to the Eels until the end of 2024, but has made a decision for the betterment of his long-term health following a series of concussions throughout his career, some of which were suffered this year.

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Roosters stalwarts Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner both retired during the 2021 season due to concussion.

Sharks great Wade Graham played his final game in September and one factor behind his retirement was his concussion-plagued history.

Davey’s retirement ended a 44-game career including two stints at the Eels, one at the Sea Eagles and a brief stay at the Bulldogs.

“For a battler from Central Queensland who wasn’t supposed to play one game of NRL, this career has plenty for me to be proud of,” Davey said.

“It may not be the ending I would have liked, but truth is, I lived my fairytale for five years.

“I’d like to thank the Parramatta Eels admin staff, the medical team and all coaches at the club. The genuine care and support I received throughout this process is greatly appreciated and I couldn’t ask for better treatment in making this decision.

“I’m extremely grateful to have such supportive family and friends and I’m also proud of the lifelong friendships I made during my time in the NRL.”

Renowned sports physiotherapist Brien Seeney, known as NRL Physio on X, acknowledged Davey after his retirement announcement.

“Putting his long-term health first, wish him the very best in retirement,” Seeney wrote.

Davey left his home and carpentry business in Queensland to chase his NRL dream.

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