Beloved Raiders star announces retirement

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Canberra Raiders seasoned Sia Soliola has announced his status aft a stellar 17-year rugby league which saw him rack up 336 archetypal people matches.

The 35-year-old played 229 of his 336 matches successful the NRL, making his debut for the Sydney Roosters successful 2005, wherever helium played 92 games, earlier playing the last 7 years of his vocation successful Canberra, wherever helium made 137 appearances.

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In betwixt his 2 NRL stints, Soliola turned retired successful 117 matches for St Helens successful the UK Super League.

Soliola represented some New Zealand and Samoa astatine the planetary level, playing a full of 16 typical matches.

Soliola retires having played 336 archetypal people matches, with 137 of those coming successful the Raiders' greenish since 2015 (Getty)

"I'm astatine easiness with everything now," Soliola said successful a Raiders statement.

"There's a fewer mixed emotions, I'm excited and a spot tense but relieved to marque the determination to permission the crippled which has fixed maine a batch and I'm looking guardant to what's ahead."

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Despite his retirement, Soliola volition stay astatine the nine successful a caller relation successful the club's payment and acquisition team, a relation helium commenced successful 2021.

After his stint successful the Super League, Soliola was recruited backmost to the NRL by Ricky Stuart, who was his manager astatine the Roosters, and the prima antheral had an contiguous impact.

Soliola is 1 of the astir universally-loved and respect players crossed the full NRL (Getty)

He was named the Meninga Medallist successful his archetypal play astatine the club, earlier playing a cardinal relation successful heavy finals runs implicit the adjacent fewer seasons, including a expansive last quality successful 2019.

"When I archetypal came present to this nine and Ricky spoke astir the imaginativeness and what helium had regarding the playing radical and the nine arsenic a whole, that's what truly excited me," Soliola said.

"Especially being implicit astatine St Helens wherever I truly enjoyed my clip implicit determination and everyone notices however the English Super League operates and however the crowds and communities travel unneurotic and helium wanted maine to bring that vigor and acquisition that I had implicit determination and bring it to Canberra."

During his stellar career, Soliola became 1 of the astir beloved players successful the full NRL and the league assemblage paid tribute upon his announcement.

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