Watch: Simon Mannering's final post-match interview – 'It wasn't meant to be'

Retiring Warriors legend Simon Mannering has said his final NRL goodbyes in Sydney last night, after his side fell 27-12 to the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium.

After more then 300 appearances for the Warriors, Mannering is calling time on his career after 14 seasons with the club.

Speaking to 1 NEWS following last night's loss, Mannering reflected on his time in the NRL and with the Warriors.

"I wasn't really ready to finish," Mannering said.

"I really wanted to go out still enjoying the game, and I have. I was really excited about today.

"It would have been nice to carry it on for a few more weeks, but it wasn't meant to be.

"I'm a very lucky man to have been able to play this game for so long - it's a tough game - I never could have foreseen this happening in my life."

Mannering also cast an eye to the future, saying that the Warriors faithful have reason to be excited in the years to come.

"They're not going to miss me, (I'm) just an old fella getting in their way," he joked.

"Some of the guys have had the best seasons of their career. David Fusitu'a - top try scorer in the competition. Isaiah (Papali'i), I thougt Jazz (Tevaga) was really outstanding.

"Moving forward, they're going to be there for years to come, and they can build the team around those sort of guys.

"It's exciting for the club."

The Warriors legend is hanging up the boots after this season. Source: 1 NEWS

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