Andrew Johns retires from rugby league
Newcastle Knights great Andrew Johns has retired from rugby league today after suffering a neck injury last week.
The captain of the NRL team collided with a team mate on Thursday and scans this morning led doctors to advise Johns to retire.
He has played 249 first grade games and won two premierships with the Knights.
He played 23 State of Origin games for New South Wales and represented Australia in 21 Test matches.
"I'm just totally numb," Johns told a press conference.
"It's really tough for my family.
"I knew as soon as I had the collision it was very serious."
Holding back tears, Johns said he had given his future a lot of thought and knew in his heart that this year would be his last.
"The biggest thing for me has been the friendships I have made," he said.
"It is really emotional because I'm going to miss it so much.
"I realise how lucky I am not to be in a wheelchair."
Terrible way for a legend to end his career