Former Orange CYMS, St Pat's, Mudgee Dragons and now Bathurst Panthers prop Simon Osborne has retired mid-season.
The representative star torn the meniscus in his left knee during his side’s round one win over Lithgow at Carrington Park.
The 36-year-old tried to play on with the injury in round two, his side’s 22-16 loss to CYMS, but couldn’t push through the pain barrier.
“My left knee is my good knee, too,” Osborne laughed.
“But I couldn’t really work the next week and I’ve got my own business now.
“A few people, everyone really, tried to get me to change my mind, maybe even dial things back a bit and play 40 minutes inside of 80, but that’s not me.
“If I can’t give it 110 per cent than it’s not worth doing.”
Osborne won two premierships since he started playing as an 11-year-old.
But he had to wait over 20 years to net his first, claiming a title with Brothers in the Penrith competition in 2014.
The next year he moved to Orange and signed with CYMS, where he helped the green and golds win the 2015 Group 10 premiership in a thriller against Lithgow at Wade Park.
Physically imposing and boasting a motor better than most props, Osborne said his career highlight was being named in the 2009 NSW Residents outfit.