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Johns to Retire!!!

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Disco, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Disco

    Disco Well-Known Member

    +1,778 /48
    Andrew Johns quits league
    EXCLUSIVE by Phil Rothfield and Dean Ritchie

    April 10, 2007 12:00

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    ANDREW Johns, the greatest rugby league player in the world, will announce this afternoon that he is quitting rugby league after meeting with his doctor and management today.

    The Daily Telegraph Online can reveal the man regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time will announce his retirement at a 4pm press conference.

    He reached his decision over lunch with his manager John Fordham in Newcastle today meeting with spinal specialists and undergoing cat scans on the neck injury he suffered last Thursday in a collision with team-mates Daniel Abraham and Adam Woolnough.

    He was due to tell his Knights' teammates this afternoon at 3pm.

    The 32-year-old half-back will be recognised as one of the greatest players in the history of rugby league - some even believing him to be the best.

    Johns was part of Newcastle's premiership-winning sides in 1997 (ARL) and again in 2001, when he led the Knights to a 30-24 win over Parramatta.

    In a stellar career, Johns played 23 State of Origin games for NSW and represented Australia in 21 Test matches, including the 1995 World Cup and the 2001 Kangaroo tour.

    Johns, who has scored more points and played more games for Newcastle than any other player in the club's history, injured his neck previously during a match against Manly in 2002.

  2. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +5,625 /204
    guess he can get back to the good life now
  3. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,887 /65
    All the best to him for the future

    A great player, and has been outstanding to watch over many years
  4. Disco

    Disco Well-Known Member

    +1,778 /48
    Shame he is going out this way

    Not even a farewell match at Newie
  5. Crushercleal

    Crushercleal Active Member

    +3 /0
    Hmmm.....SURELY it's too early to diagnose how the injury will effect him over the next 2 years - it hasn't even been a week!!! I wouldn't be surprised if the press conference is just to say that he won't be able to compete this year, but will be spend the next few weeks/months considering about playing next year.
  6. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,387 /402
    Eeeeegh...now we have to be bored to tears with him on Hey Hey it's Thursday. He'll commentate games etc. I'm sure he won't be short of a quid.
    I just hope his foul language is managed for the footy show.
  7. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

    +85 /0
    I'm tipping he'll play SOO this year ;)
  8. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

    +109 /2
    Orford for Origin!

    Like KE said, Joey deserves one last going away game at Newcastle.
  9. domdom

    domdom Member

    +0 /0
    a legendary player and a good club man.

    best player i have seen in my time.
  10. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    good riddance
  11. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

    +1,476 /8
    I dont know why people get so critical of Andrew Johns. Surely people can just accept that they have seen exceptional football from him over the years.
  12. Crushercleal

    Crushercleal Active Member

    +3 /0
    How bad do Woolnough and Abraham feel now?! :wall: :wall: :wall: :stupid: :stupid:
  13. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +29 /0
    anyone happy or wishing this upon a person is a pathetic f*cking disgrace for a human.

    best player ever retires and these morons can do nothing but snigger - guess that is nothing new from these intellectually challenged people.
  14. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

    +301 /0
    Matt I dont think any of the posts wish ill on him. Even Matas post doesn't say he's glad he was hurt!!

    slight over reaction methinks
  15. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

    +4 /0
    What a deadset shame.

    His last match will read that his team got done by 30 to canberra and it wasn't one of his best games. A dead set shame. I for one wish him all the best and am grateful i was alive to watch such a player.

    The saving grace from this is that he had nothing left to prove to anyone.. it would be worse if he didn't have 23 origins, 21 tests and 2 premierships to his name amongst other accolades
  16. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    I judge a man more by character than by playing ability. Johns may have had plenty of the latter but he fostered very little of the former.

    Let's hope he gets out of the spotlight he supposedly hated. I for one am sick and tired of eulogies to a drug taking manic depressive.
  17. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

    +37 /0


    You don't seem to like Monas very much, and didn't he win an award last year for all his charity work? Seems to me you have things around the other way when it comes to him :blah:
  18. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

    +301 /0
    and there is something wrong with being manic depressive Matas???
  19. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    There's a problem when the medication is neglected, yes.
  20. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

    +301 /0
    Good answer

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