Chris Heighington to retire end of 2018 season

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At the end of this season, one of the game's hard men is hanging up the boots on his own terms. He's the 8th most capped player Telstra Premiership, currently at 334 games. He has been stalwart for every club he played with and we're just glad he got to make this choice on his own terms instead of retiring due to injury.
 
Chris Heighington debuted for the Wests Tigers in 2003 and part of the premiership-winning side in 2005 and in 2015 became a dual premiership winner with the Cronulla Sharks.
 
Heighington played for England in the 2011 Four Nations tournament and made a return to international rugby league for the Lions at the 2017 World Cup. He was picked up a one year deal with Newcastle late last season.
 
"I could try and continue to play but I risk picking up a bad injury or slipping in form, so I feel it's my time to move over and let one of the young boys come in."
 
"When you start playing footy, you dream of playing in the NRL but to win a premiership is beyond a dream. I got to do that twice. It was pretty special and something I will remember for the rest of my life." 

Chris Heighington
Date of birth: January 14, 1983
Junior club: Umina Bunnies
Previous clubs: Wests Tigers, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Games: 201 for Tigers, 116 for Sharks and 17 for Knights* (and counting)
Tries: 42
Premierships: Two (Tigers in 2005, Sharks in 2016)
Rep honours: Prime Minister's XIII 2 games, NSW Country 2 games, All Stars 1 game, England 7 games.

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