LONG-serving forward Sam Thaiday has been told his time at NRL club Brisbane will end after next season.
The 32-year-old has spent his entire 268-game career at the Broncos, winning the 2006 premiership.
“Next year will be the end for Sam with us,” Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett told The Courier Mail.
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It compounds a difficult period for Thaiday, who lost his place in Queensland’s State of Origin team after game one.
While he could opt to attempt to continue his career at another club, Bennett said Thaiday would have a role at the club in an off-field capacity after his playing career.
“I guess it’s up to him if he wants to retire next year, but I just know we won’t be re-signing Sam and I’ve told him that,” Bennett said.
Thaiday has played 16 games this season and not spoken of retirement.
He is fourth on Brisbane’s list of all-time appearances if he can put together another 32 games.
He’ll become just the third Bronco after Darren Lockyer (355) and Corey Parker (347) to play 300 NRL games.
Thaiday made his NRL debut under Bennett as a 18-year-old in 2003.
“I’ve known Sam a long time. He has played tough his entire career. No one can ever say Sam Thaiday didn’t do his best for the Broncos,” Bennett said.