Winger, try scorer, cult hero.
Gold Coast veteran Anthony Don has announced his retirement, with the Titans fan favourite to hang up the boots at the end of the 2021 season.
Don, who is the Titans all-time leading try scorer with 85 tries, made his NRL debut in 2013.
Full Press Conference: Anthony Don Announces Retirement
The Grafton Ghosts junior finishes with 152 NRL appearances to his name across nine seasons with the Titans.
Now 33-years-old, Don debuted as a 25-year-old and quickly established himself as a key figure for the Gold Coast club.
Gold Coast Coach Justin Holbrook says Don leaves a great legacy on the Coast.
“I would like to wish the Don family of Anthony, Sam and Frankie all the best for life after footy,” Holbrook said.
“Donny has invested a lot of time and hard work into this club and he deserves the accolade of being the Titans top try scorer.
“His professionalism and the high standards he sets for himself have been reflected in the number of first grade games that he’s achieved over the past nine years.”
Off-field, Don has previously been named in the NRL’s academic team of the year having completed his MBA with the University of New England to go with an undergraduate degree in teaching.
Titans CEO Steve Mitchell says Don has been a hugely popular figure within the game and should be applauded for his achievements.
“There is no doubt that Anthony has been the favourite player of our Members and fans for a long time.
“You only earn that title with a great commitment to the club both on and off the field and Anthony has been a wonderful representative for our game.
“From his roots in the Northern Rivers to achieving on the national stage, I want to congratulate Anthony for a wonderful career in the NRL.
“As the newest club in the league, we haven’t had many players do what Anthony has done – play 150 games and start and finish their career on the Coast.
“We’d love to keep him around the Club and hope he has a role to play with the Titans for years to come.”
Don won the Paul Broughton Medal as the Titans best and fairest in 2017 and is the only winger to have claimed the honour.
Members and fans will have a chance to celebrate Anthony’s career at our final home game of the regular season at Cbus Super Stadium against the Warriors on September 5th.