Liam Fulton is escorted from the field in the Tigers clash with Souths in round three. Photo: Getty Images
Wests Tigers forward Liam Fulton has announced he will retire from rugby league, effective immediately, after a series of concussions this season.
The 29-year-old made the decision to retire following consultation with his family, teammates, club and management.
Fulton played 162 games for Wests Tigers between 2003 and 2014 was a key member in the successful 2005 grand final side that beat the North Queensland Cowboys.
He played 17 games for Super League club Huddersfield Giants in 2009, and also represented City in 2011 and 2012 as well as the NRL All Stars team in 2011.
Last season he was named Wests Tigers' best and fairest player.
Tigers CEO Grant Mayer thanked Fulton for his commitment to the club over a long period of time and said he supports his difficult decision.
"Liam has made a very brave decision, one that cannot have been easy for him to make,” Mayer said. “Having spoken at length with Liam, his family and management I know this is the right decision for him and his future health.
“On behalf of Wests Tigers I’d like to thank Liam for his commitment to the club and look forward to working with him closely into the future,” Mayer said.
Head coach Mick Potter praised Fulton for the way he conducted himself during the past few weeks in what was a difficult time for him and his family.
“Liam is a key member of our team and will be sorely missed on the field,” Potter said. “His light-hearted approached to life is refreshing to all of us at Wests Tigers and it’s great that he will remain a part of the club.
The Tigers did not say what on-going role Fulton would have at the joint-venture club.
Fulton will make an appearance at the Tigers' Round 19 game against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium next Sunday, where fans can pay tribute to him.