END OF AN ERA: Brisbane Broncos captain Corey Parker will hang up the boots at seasons end.
END OF AN ERA: Brisbane Broncos captain Corey Parker will hang up the boots at seasons end. Brett Hemmings

Corey Parker ends 16-year career in NRL

TODAY Brisbane Broncos workhorse Corey Parker is expected to announce his retirement from rugby league at the end of the 2016 season.

The 34-year-old Broncos captain was in talks with the club to sign a one-year contract extension for 2017, but has instead decided to end his career after 16 seasons in the NRL.

Parker currently sits in fourth place alongside Brad Fitler for most games played on 336 appearances for the Broncos.

If Brisbane make the finals this year, Parker could equal Manly Sea Eagles legend Steve Menzies record of 349 appearances.

Nicknamed 'GOD' by fantasy football players for his flawless ability to play big minutes, Parker has defied the odds to become one of the competition's best forwards at an age where many rugby leagues stars have already called it quits.

A mainstay for Queensland and Australia, he has played 13 tests for his country and made 17 appearances in State of Origin.

The announcement is expected to take place at the Brisbane Broncos Red Hill headquarters from 11.30am today.


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