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North Queensland Cowboys captain Michael Morgan has announced his immediate retirement due to a chronic shoulder injury

Morgan, who was born and raised in Townsville, has played his entire NRL career with the Cowboys, racking up 168 games for the team

“This has been well documented, the issues I have had with my shoulder and I am now at a point where I am unable to continue playing with it,” Morgan said at a press conference in Townsville

One of his career highlights was his role in the Cowboys’ first Premier victory in 2015, when he sent the pass to Kyle Feldt to score in the corner and lead to their grand final against the Broncos in overtime

“Even though this is not how I would have liked to have ended, I had the opportunity to reflect on my career,” he said

“I had the chance to play with and against some of my childhood heroes, I was able to represent my state and my country and I had the chance to play two big finals

“I have been extremely lucky to be able to come every day for the past 11 years with my best friends and this is what I will miss the most

“I know it’s been a tough time right now, I know things will change. I have full confidence in Toddy (Todd Payten), his staff and the playgroup”

He thanked all the coaches he had learned from over the years and his teammates for their friendship

“This club was made to give kids like me the opportunity to play in the NRL without having to chase it in a big city,” he said.

“The fact that I was able to go through the system from the age of 15 to become the club’s captain, I am extremely proud of it”

“Bri has been on this trip for a very long time with me, she knows the roller coasters I have been on and the battles I have had with my shoulder, she has seen them first hand

“I think she’s a little relieved to know that she doesn’t need to see me do this anymore”

Morgan last played for the Cowboys against the Dragons in the second round, and said he had received a lot of support over the past fortnight.

“There was a tackle in the Dragons game where I felt a huge crack in my shoulder, at the time it didn’t feel right, and the scans confirmed it,” he said. -he declares

“Once the preseason was over I did a lot of things with my shoulder, I made a lot of contacts I was confident with where he was at

“I got to a point where I was extremely confident and comfortable with it and it didn’t hold up”

Cowboys coach Todd Payten said it was hard to put words to the success of Morgan’s career

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