Martin calls it quits
Veteran Australian centre hangs up his boots
Last Updated: August 8, 2012 10:32am
Tony Martin: Calls time on his rugby league career
Hull FC's Tony Martin has confirmed his retirement from rugby league following a 17-year career in the game.
The Australian played for the London Broncos in the first year of Super League in 1996 before going on to play for Wakefield and Crusaders.
Martin, who also spent three seasons with the New Zealand Warriors, scored a try for the Melbourne Storm in the 1999 NRL Grand Final.
"I have travelled the world playing rugby, I've scored in and won an NRL Grand Final and I've lived my dream."
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Injury cut short Martin's season after he ruptured an Achilles tendon in Hull's derby clash with Hull KR at the Magic Weekend and he has now decided to call time on his career.
"I was just a kid that grew up in Queensland wanting to be a professional rugby league player," he told Hull FC's official website.
"I've been lucky enough to do that for 17 years and I've played with some great players past and present.
"I have travelled the world playing rugby, I've scored in and won an NRL Grand Final and I've lived my dream.
"My fondest memory would definitely be winning the NRL Grand Final with Melbourne. It was a long time ago now, but it was a massive highlight for me.
"You look back on things like that and wonder, but you can never really know. I'm pretty happy, I've played a lot of games and done more than I ever expected to.
"Now it's time to retire and I'm excited about prospect of returning to Australia with my wife Mel and son Tana to start the next chapter in my life."