Jake Friend retires from rugby league immediately due to concussions

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After weeks of deliberation, the Sydney Roosters co-captain has announced the end of his career on medical advice
After weeks of deliberation, Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend has announced his immediate retirement from the NRL due to concussion concerns. The 31-year-old three-time premiership winner said he made the decision after extensive medical advice following a third concussion in less than six months.

Friend met with coaching staff and concussion experts this week, deciding to end his 264-game NRL career to protect his future health after suffering a heavy head knock in round one. It was the last of more than 20 concussions throughout his playing career.

"For any player that stood alongside Jake Friend in his 264 games, I have no doubt that every single one of them would thank him for being a true teammate," said Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

"Jake has been an incredible player…
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