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Beau Ryan announces retirement, effective immediately

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Beau Ryan announces retirement

Due to an ongoing neck injury, Cronulla Sharks winger Beau Ryan announces his retirement. Nine News.

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Cronulla winger Beau Ryan has announced his retirement, effective immediately, due to an ongoing neck injury.

Ryan, 29, broke the news to his Cronulla team mates and the club earlier in the evening before announcing it on The Footy Show, where he has been a guest panellist for the past five years.

He has carved a reputation in recent years as one of the NRL's brightest off-field talents with his quick wit and many comedic personas.

Putting family first: Beau Ryan.

Putting family first: Beau Ryan. Photo: Getty Images

The 29-year-old has been laid low by the neck injury for much of this season 

"I've made my decision to retire, effective immediately," he said.

Beau Ryan.

Beau Ryan. Photo: Getty Images

"I would love to play rugby league forever but with the seriousness of my injury and the risk of further injury I have decided to put my family first and retire.

"At the same time I am excited to still be involved in the rugby league community and thrilled to be part of the special Channel 9 family."

Nine Entertainment Co. CEO, David Gyngell, said: “It’s a case of one door closing and another opening wider. Beau has been a terrific player and a great team man, and coupled with his unique humour and sheer on-air talent they’re the very qualities which have made him such a success on the Footy Show.

Footy Show Executive Producer, Glenn Pallister, said: “Beau is an integral part of the fabric of what The Footy Show has become. His humour and warmth appeals to kids, women and men of all ages, and his infectious energy and razor-sharp wit makes him one of the most exciting footy players to ever step into the media. Above all that, he’s a sensational bloke

“It’s upwards and onwards from here, and we’re thrilled to have him on board full time at Nine.”

The former Wests Tigers utility back's last match was at Remondis Stadium a fortnight ago against his former club. 

The Illawarra Steelers junior played 126 NRL matches since making his debut in 2007.

He was a part of the Tigers team which finished one game short of the 2010 grand final, beaten by a point by eventual premiers St George Illawarra.

Ryan, who grew up in Albion Park, now lives on the NSW South Coast with his 18-month-old daughter Remi and wife Kara.

5 comments so far

  • who cares

    Date and time
    June 06, 2014, 2:30AM
    • A great team player for both the Tigers and the Sharks. It's fair to say that he only left the Tigers as part of their obsession with keeping the ultimately disloyal Marshall. That said, the body tells you when to call time, and Beau Knows that time in now. He has a career and life off the playing filed. Thankfully he won't make a fool of himself playing on with a picnic plate sticking out the back of his head.

      The Dog
      Date and time
      June 06, 2014, 7:53AM
      • Fair enough summary of the Marshall situation, but your cheap shot at Tate, not so much. Beau Ryan seems like a good bloke, but as a player and as a warrior of the game, he's not fit to shine Brent Tate's footy boots

        Date and time
        June 06, 2014, 10:47PM
    • Not really going to be missed on the paddock, has clearly focused on his media duties in the past few years. He is where he belongs now, on the Footy show rather than the Footy field.

      Date and time
      June 06, 2014, 9:46AM
      • Maybe, Bret Tate could take a leaf out of this instead of whinging about the Reynolds tackle to get the NRL and whole of QLD to protect him in a gladiatorial game such as a SOO as if he is a protected species.

        True Blues fan
        Port Moresby
        Date and time
        June 06, 2014, 12:44PM

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