Parramatta Eels NSW Cup captain Jordan Rankin has announced his retirement and will become the Head Coach for the Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg program in 2024.
Jordan became the youngest ever player to debut in the NRL at just 16 years of age playing for Gold Coast Titans in 2008.
In a career that has spanned 16 years, Jordan played for Gold Coast Titans and Wests Tigers in the NRL as well as English Super League teams Hull F.C., Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers. He joined the Eels in 2020.
In addition to his role as captain of the NSW Cup team this year, Jordan was also an Assistant Coach for the Eels premiership winning SG Ball team.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in rugby league for so long. I’ve made lifelong friends and I’m very grateful to the game for the opportunities it has given me.
“I’m now completely focussed on my coaching role for Jersey Flegg and I’m looking forward to using my experience to help the next generation of young Eels players achieve their dreams of playing in the NRL one day.’
Parramatta Eels General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill said, “Jordan has enjoyed a great playing career and is ready to move into the next stage of his life with our Club.
“His experience and relationship with our young players will be a wonderful asset for his coaching role and we look forward to supporting him through it,” said Mark.
Jordan will play his final game for the Eels NSW Cup team this Saturday against the Panthers.