Friend retires from NRL on medical advice

Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend has announced his immediate retirement from the NRL after 264 games for the club following extensive medical advice.

JAKE FRIEND.
JAKE FRIEND. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend has announced his retirement from the NRL effective immediately due to concussion concerns.

The 31-year-old three-time premiership winner said he made the decision after extensive medical advice following a third concussion in less than six months.

Friend decided to end his 264-game NRL career to protect his future health after suffering a heavy head knock in round one.