Fifita leaving Sharks as a number of stars ponder hanging up boots or Tremendous League swansong

There’s set to be hundreds of video games value of NRL expertise heading out the door in 2022 with a number of large names bringing down the curtain on their careers.

Some gamers have already hung up their boots whereas the following two rounds would be the final NRL followers will see of many stars, together with former internationals Josh McGuire, Paul Vaughan and presumably, Aaron Woods and Andrew Fifita

Fifita on Tuesday introduced he could be taking part in his final recreation at Shark Park in Saturday’s conflict with the Bulldogs.

His profession has included 246 NRL matches, worldwide appearances for Australia and Tonga, 10 video games for the NSW Origin staff and 6 as a member of the Indigenous All Stars.

James Tamou is hoping to get yet another probability to lace on his boots at NRL degree after deciding to hunt a downgrade for his opposite conduct cost on the judiciary so he can play for the Wests Tigers within the closing spherical.

Tamou, a veteran of 303 NRL video games together with the Cowboys’ 2015 Grand Closing win, was sin-binned for dissent late within the Sydney Roosters’ 72-6 thrashing of the Tigers however had his penalty upgraded to a send-off for calling Cummins “f****** incompetent” as he left the sector.

If profitable in securing a downgrade, Tamou may play within the last-placed Tigers’ closing match of their season in opposition to Canberra.

James Tamou of the Tigers speaks with the referee

James Tamou. (Photograph by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Pictures)

One other member of the 300 Membership, hooker Andrew McCullough is contemplating retiring at season’s finish though he’s beneath contract with St George Illawarra for subsequent 12 months.

McGuire and Vaughan are amongst a bunch of veterans heading to the Tremendous League who will retire after a northern-hemisphere swansong.

And for some gamers who don’t have contracts for subsequent 12 months they might be compelled into retirement except they will jag a deal for 2023 within the coming months.

Membership by membership, listed below are the gamers who’re on the best way out of the NRL or dealing with unsure futures heading into the low season.


Veteran duo Ryan James and Albert Kelly are off contract whereas Tyrone Roberts, who was known as up for a few video games this season, might be going to be on a Queensland Cup deal once more subsequent 12 months. Papua New Guinean stalwart David Mead introduced his rapid retirement in July after 171 NRL video games for Broncos and Titans – scoring 75 tries since making his debut in 2009 – in addition to 58 Tremendous League video games for Catalans Dragons scoring 29 tries.


Journeyman half Sam Williams hung up his boots in June after 107 NRL video games throughout three stints on the Raiders and a four-game sojourn with St George Illawarra in 2014. He additionally spent a few seasons with Catalans and Wakefield Trinity.


Paul Vaughan is off the UK after this season to play for Warrington whereas fullback Matt Dufty left for the Wolves in July however continues to be comparatively younger at 26 and will return to the NRL down the observe.

Andrew Fifita. (Photograph by Matt King/Getty Pictures)


Andrew Fifita and Wade Graham are off contract with each eager to go round once more. Graham is more likely to get one other deal on the Sharks however Fifita’s future is unsure though he’s open to taking part in elsewhere subsequent season. Fellow front-rower Aiden Tolman can be with no 2023 deal and regardless of being eager to play once more, has not but locked down a contract.

Gold Coast

Herman Ese’ese is coming to the tip of a profitable three-year deal on the Titans the place he has not lived as much as expectations. Veteran utilty Will Smith joined Hull mid-season whereas Kevin Proctor is struggling to discover a Tremendous League deal after being sacked in August for vaping within the sheds whereas he was an unused squad member for a recreation in July.


Veteran winger Jorge Taufua has already headed to the UK in July to play for Wakefield however then suffered a season-ending damaged arm. Martin Taupau is with no deal for 2023 after a mooted change to the Eels mid-season final month fell by. Ethan Bullemor is contracted for subsequent season however the 22-year-old has reportedly been contemplating a untimely retirement to focus on his skilled profession within the monetary sector. Fellow forwards Andrew Davey, Kurt De Luis and Morgan Boyle are free brokers with no contract for subsequent season. 

Martin Taupau of the Sea Eagles looks on

Martin Taupau (Photograph by Cameron Spencer/Getty Pictures)


Tom Eisenhuth and George Jennings are off contract however ought to have the ability to get a brand new deal on the Storm or at one other membership.


Veteran ahead Sauaso Sue’s journeyman profession might come to an finish after stints on the Bulldogs and the Wests Tigers.

NZ Warriors

Ash Taylor was compelled to name it a day mid-season resulting from a hip harm. Fellow playmaker Chanel Harris-Tavita’s future is unclear after he opted to take a sabbatical subsequent 12 months. Shaun Johnson is beneath contract for subsequent 12 months however veteran ahead Dunamis Lui is unsigned.

North Queensland

Lachlan Burr hung up his boots initially of the 12 months resulting from a power hip downside. Hooker Jake Granville has been retained for 2023. 


Tom Opacic is becoming a member of Hull KR subsequent 12 months on a two-year deal however the 27-year-old centre might return to the NRL earlier than his profession ends.


Matt Eisenhuth and Jaeman Salmon are unsigned however each ought to finish a one-year contract in any case on the Panthers or one other touchdown spot.

St George Illawarra

Aaron Woods received’t be remaining on the Dragons and might be compelled to deliver down the curtain on his profession with no different choices locked down as but. Josh McGuire will end his profession within the Tremendous League with Warrington after 258 video games over 14 seasons. 

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Josh McGuire of the Dragons avoids the tackle of Tyson Frizell of the Knights during the round six NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at WIN Stadium, on April 17, 2022, in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

(Photograph by Mark Evans/Getty Pictures)

South Sydney

Josh Mansour has but to announce his intentions however the former NSW and Australian winger is one other former worldwide unlikely to be within the NRL subsequent 12 months. The 32-year-old former Panther has performed 174 matches within the NRL however has solely been used 5 occasions this 12 months on the Rabbitohs.

Sydney Roosters

Kevin Naiqama returned to the NRL on a one-year deal this season and is unsigned for 2023. Siosiua Taukeiaho is heading to the UK to complete his profession at Catalans after a decade within the NRL, together with two premiership wins.

Wests Tigers

James Tamou is about to retire at season’s finish except he can line up a deal within the Tremendous League. James Roberts is unsigned for subsequent 12 months and his profession seems to be winding down after accidents have hampered his kind over the previous couple of seasons.


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