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Injury forces Thompson to call it time

Sporting News logo Sporting News 8/08/2017

© Sporting News A degenerative knee injury has forced Ray Thompson to hang up the boots early on his NRL career at the age of 27.

Thompson - who's contract expires at season's end - missed the first half of the year because of the dodgy knee and provoked it whilst filling in the halves for the injured Johnathan Thurston.

The playmaker is working hard to return to the field before the end of the season to help the Cowboys in their potential seventh straight finals series.

“This club has been everything to me for nearly a decade, it’s given me plenty and I’d like to think I’ve given back to it as well,” Thompson said on the club's website.

“I’ve got nothing but great memories of my time playing here and to take the field with these blokes has been a true privilege.

“I’ve battled through some injuries throughout my career, so now was the right time to call curtains, but rest assured I’ll be giving it my all my for the rest of the season.”

Thompson has put his hand up to represent Papua New Guinea in the World Cup at the end of the year in what will be his last showing in rugby league.

He has agreed to take up an off-field position with the club in November, working as an engagement and programs officer.

Thompson played a total of 111 games for his only NRL club, earning four caps for Papua New Guinea and an appearance for the Indigenous All Stars.

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