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Cult hero Uate retires after 14 seasons

One-time cult figure Aku Uate has announced his retirement, bringing the curtain down on a stellar career spanning 14 seasons.Uate took to his personal Facebook page on Thursday to confirm he was hanging up the boots following a chronic ankle injury.The former Newcastle, Manly and Huddersfield flyer attempted to rehabilitate his injury, but when it…

One-time cult figure Aku Uate has announced his retirement, bringing the curtain down on a stellar career spanning 14 seasons.

Uate took to his personal Facebook page on Thursday to confirm he was hanging up the boots following a chronic ankle injury.

The former Newcastle, Manly and Huddersfield flyer attempted to rehabilitate his injury, but when it wouldn’t fully recover, he opted to retire.

Uate finishes his career as the Knights’ highest try scorer in club history, with 110 tries in 161 games from 2008 to 2016.

The Fijian native thanked his family, friends, and former teammates for their support throughout his time in the NRL and English Super League.

“To all my teammates who I’ve had the pleasure of running alongside I want to thank you for making my job easier on and off the field,” Uate said.

“To have crossed paths with you all has been the biggest blessing, and I’m truly grateful to have shared my journey with you.

“You’ve all pushed me in some way to be better not just as a player but as a person.
“To all my previous clubs Newcastle, Manly, and Huddersfield, thank you for taking a chance on me and giving me the opportunity to be a part of your club.

“I’m grateful to have shared in so many memories and milestones over the years, and to be able to look back at these times, it makes me feel so honoured.”

Uate reserved special praise for his parents – who worked hard to give their son every opportunity to make the NRL from Fiji.

“Thank you so much to my parents for sticking by me and for all your unconditional love, sacrifices and hard work,” he said.

“You’ve given me so much over the years, and I couldn’t possibly put into words how much it means to me to have you in my life.
“To my family, the support and love you have shown me throughout my career has always pushed me through all the ups and downs, and for you all, I am grateful.”

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