After a career plagued by serious injury, Kyle Stanley has announced his retirement from the NRL at age 24.
A Hurstville United junior who debuted for the St George Illawarra Dragons back in 2010, Stanley endured a horrific run with injury, again highlighted when he suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while playing for the Sharks NSW Cup partner club Newtown way back in round one of the 2015 season.
A player with exceptional talent and outstanding utility value, Stanley failed to recover sufficiently from that was his fifth knee reconstruction.
In his short time at the Cronulla Club Stanley did however help guide a young Sharks side into the Final of the NRL Auckland Nines tournament, where the team pushed eventual winners South Sydney to golden point extra time in the championship deciding match.
During his NRL career Stanley would play 45 NRL games, just 9 matches in 2014, while unfortunately being unable to take to the field in 2015.
In another example of his class and ability, Stanley represented Samoa in the 2014 Four Nations as a member of the team which caused the boil-over of the tournament by beating the English side during the round-robin phase of the event.