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Injured NRL Warrior Henry to retire

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/08/2016

Warriors utility Ben Henry, who has undergone three major knee operations in his short career, has announced he will retire at the end of the NRL season.

Henry, 24, has been sidelined since suffering a patella injury in his left knee in the opening match of the year in March against the West Tigers.

That followed anterior cruciate ligament injuries to the same knee in 2013 and 2015.

It means he has made just 52 first-grade appearances, having made his debut in round one in 2012 against Manly.

"It's been a tough call to make because my goals were always to be a professional rugby league player," he said on Tuesday.

"It's a huge disappointment but, after all the damage to my knee, there really wasn't any option. While my heart was set on coming back yet again, I've had to accept my body won't allow me to compete at the level I need to."

During his time at the Warriors, the one-Test Kiwi has prepared himself for a career outside football, and has completed certificates in electrical engineering, small business and computer servicing.

Warriors managing director Jim Doyle said Henry was in discussions with the club about a role in the football department.

"It's a sad day for Ben and for all of us seeing his playing career ended so prematurely," Doyle said.

"Above all, Ben is an impressive person with so many qualities and we see him providing so much value to the Warriors."

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