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The nine-year NRL career of tough-as-nails North Queenslander Ray Thompson came to an end in 2017, the 27-year-old utility hanging up his boots after enduring an injury-plagued season.

Battling chronic knee issues, Thompson was restricted to light training duties all season and suited up six times for Cowboys head coach Paul Green, providing stability in the middle part of the season.

In an emotional speech at the Cowboys’ end-of-season presentation ball, Thompson paid moving tribute to all who had helped throughout his 111-game career.

2017 STATS:

Played: 6
Average tackles: 17
Line break assists: 3
Try assists:
Off the field: Will work alongside former teammate and good mate Matt Bowen in the Cowboys’ community from November.



WARRIOR: Kudos on a great career mate @ray_r_thompson #ridemcowboys🏉

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