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Johns to Retire!!!

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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.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegrap...001021,00.html
 

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guess he can get back to the good life now
 

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All the best to him for the future

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

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Shame he is going out this way


Not even a farewell match at Newie
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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I'm tipping he'll play SOO this year ;)
 

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Orford for Origin!

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

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a legendary player and a good club man.

best player i have seen in my time.
 

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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.
 

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How bad do Woolnough and Abraham feel now?! :wall: :wall: :wall: :stupid: :stupid:
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.


Really?

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:
 

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and there is something wrong with being manic depressive Matas???
 

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and there is something wrong with being manic depressive Matas???

There's a problem when the medication is neglected, yes.
 

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