Former Kiwis second rower Lewis Brown retires from rugby league - 'You know when it's time to walk away'

Former Kiwis second-rower Lewis Brown has announced his retirement from rugby league.

Brown announced the decision after he wasn't offered a new contract by the Manly Sea Eagles, who he has spent the last three seasons playing for.

The 32-year-old took to social media to confirm his decision, saying he's opted to walk away from his dream after achieving more than he set out to do in the sport.

"Ever since I was a little boy all i dreamt about was playing for the NZ Rugby League and NRL.

"I achieved more then I set out to do and have created memories and friendships that will never be forgotten or broken.

"I want to thank the game, all my teammates, fans and teams but most of all I want to thank family especially my Mum and Pop. They sacrificed so much to make sure I achieved what so many people said I would never be able to do.

"I will always love the game but you know when it is time to walk away. 

"To the young kids living their dream in the NRL make the most of it cause it goes fast."

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Lewis Brown played as a junior in Canterbury before chasing his NRL dream. Source: 1 NEWS

Brown played junior representative grade rugby league for Canterbury and was a New Zealand Under 16s rep - he also debuted for the Canterbury Bulls in the 2005 Bartercard Cup.

Brown went on to reach the NRL in 2009, starting his career with four seasons for the Warriors from 2009-2012 before heading over to Penrith to team up with the Panthers; he signed with the Sea Eagles in 2016.

Lewis Brown tackles Wales Danny Brown. Source: Photosport

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