Persistent shoulder injuries, the most recent of which was sustained in North Queensland’s second round against St George Illawarra, led to the decision

Morgan, the Cowboys captain and one of the club’s greatest players, has been plagued with injuries in recent seasons He was limited to just 37 games since the 2017 Grand Final

A key member of the 2015 North Queensland Premier-winning team, Morgan wrote his name in folklore with the smart pass to put winger Kyle Feldt to the test after a full-time job that forced the grand final to extend

He also played 12 Origins for Queensland and 12 Tests for Australia, including the final 2017 World Cup triumph over England

The 29-year-old’s versatility made him an ideal bench utility at a representative level and he also played fullback, center or in halves, with Morgan replacing injured teammate Johnathan Thurston five-eighth in the Cup. world

Morgan’s retirement comes for medical reasons after further complications to his troublesome right shoulder, which limited him to just six appearances last season

He was able to complete the second round against the Dragons, but further medical evaluation revealed further damage, which led to the decision to end his career after 168 appearances in the NRL for the Cowboys

“This is not how I envisioned my career to end, but I retire knowing that I have given myself every opportunity over the past 12 months to have my shoulder strong enough to continue to play, “Morgan told the Cowboys website.

“Unfortunately, the end result was out of my control Even though I hang up at 29, I am extremely proud of all that I have accomplished over the 12 seasons as an NRL player

“As someone born and raised in Townsville, the opportunity to join the Cowboys at the age of 16 was a lifelong dream and I am grateful for every moment I spent at this great club”

Cowboys CEO Jeff Reibel described Morgan as an influential leader on and off the pitch

“Michael was a junior from North Queensland and Townsville, came to our club as a teenager and was going to be named our club captain,” he said

“Everyone remembers what he contributed to our club on the pitch, in particular helping us win our first PM job in 2015 and our grand final in 2017, but what I had the privilege of attending, is that he is mature as a man the field His leadership around our club and his concern not only for his teammates, but also for everyone at the Cowboys has been inspiring

“His hardness and tenacity to be able to withstand what he’s had over the past two seasons is to be admired – he looked under every last rock and went through a lot of pain to reach the point he has today ‘hui”

Michael Morgan

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