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Andrew Davey retires

Parramatta Eels forward Andrew Davey has today announced his retirement from the NRL following advice from medical experts.  

Andrew arrived at the Eels from Mackay, Queensland in 2019 and made his NRL debut in 2020. He then played for Manly Sea Eagles and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs before returning to the Eels midway through the 2023 season.

“For a battler from Central Queensland who wasn’t supposed to play one game of NRL, this career has plenty for me to be proud of. It may not be the ending I would have liked, but truth is, I lived my fairytale for five years. 

“I’d like to thank the Parramatta Eels admin staff, the medical team and all coaches at the club, the genuine care and support I received throughout this process is greatly appreciated and I couldn’t ask for better treatment in making this decision.

“I’m extremely grateful to have such supportive family and friends and I’m also proud of the lifelong friendships I made during my time in the NRL,” said Andrew.

Andrew left his home and successful carpentry business in Queensland to pursue a career in the NRL with Parramatta.

Parramatta Eels General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill said “Andrew has always had a great work ethic, his desire and drive to make it in the NRL is admirable. He has set himself up for success outside of football and we wish him all the best for his future.”

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