Darius Boyd. Picture: AAP
Darius Boyd. Picture: AAP

Full-time: Boyd ends speculation over Broncos future

Axed Broncos skipper Darius Boyd is retiring from the NRL at the end of this season.

Two months after being stripped of the Broncos captaincy, Boyd has decided to hang up the boots at season's end - ending a year of speculation over his future in the code.

The 32-year-old was contracted until the end of 2021 but will walk away at the end of this season to take up work as a mental-health ambassador for the Broncos.

Boyd privately made the decision to retire a fortnight ago but it will not impact on his selection prospects, with the former Origin and Test star to start at left centre in the season opener against the Cowboys next Friday night.

The Broncos will formally announce Boyd's retirement at a press conference on Friday morning.

 

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The impending departure of Boyd will draw the curtain on a magnificent rugby league career. He has played 317 NRL games, 28 Origin matches for Queensland, 23 Tests for Australia and won two premierships, including the Clive Churchill Medal with the Dragons in 2010.

Last month, Boyd told The Courier-Mail he was looking forward to the season ahead but was at ease with the prospect of eventually walking away.

"Without giving you a headline, retirement doesn't worry me," he said.

"I'm excited for the future. I'm only a young guy at 32 so I have a long life to life hopefully after rugby league.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't daunted because rugby league has been all I've known. But I've done some work in the mental health space in the last three or four years and I have a good plan beyond football. I know what I enjoy outside of rugby league so if it finished tomorrow, I would be in the best space to handle it.

 

Darius Boyd said he was at ease with the prospect of eventually walking away. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Darius Boyd said he was at ease with the prospect of eventually walking away. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

 

"Not everyone gets a fairytale ending and I'm not after anything special in particular. If football stopped tomorrow, I would be grateful with everything I have been able to achieve and what rugby league has given me.

"I've never been in this position before. I've never finished a career in rugby league, but I know I don't want to make rash decisions. I will talk to people I trust and be honest with myself.

"I guess you only have one career in this game."

Boyd said he was determined to have a strong season in 2020 after his disappointing campaign last year.

"I know last year was tough but I just want to play to my ability and contribute to the team this season," he said.

"I like to pride myself on being a player that everyone wants to play with. I want to be that guys that other players think I'm glad he is in the team each week.

"I have been in the team for a long period of time and I want to keep that going."

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