Chris Lawrence calls time on NRL career

Wests Tigers favourite son and Macarthur product Chris Lawrence has announced he will call time on his NRL career at the end of the 2020 season.

The 31-year-old Life Member recently notched up his 250th game with the club in a career which has seen him hampered by serious injuries.

He is one of only three Wests Tigers to play 250 games with the joint-venture club - the others are Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall - and he is equal top try-scorer, also with Marshall.

Lawrence told the Advertiser this month, ahead of his milestone match, that playing with the Wests Tigers had meant the world to him.

"I've spent 15 years of my life here, that's pretty much half of my life at one club," the former St Gregory's College student said.

"It means so much to me. I love the club, it provided me with an opportunity to do something that I love, to live a dream, so it's very special to be able to tackle this game as a Wests Tiger."

The Eagle Vale St Andrews junior was still a schoolboy when he made his NRL debut against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium back in 2006. He remains the youngest person to have ever debuted for the club.

He has represented his country six times and was also selected for City Origin and NSW Blues train-on squads.

Lawrence's achievements also include a length period in the team's leadership squad and captaincy in 2014.

Wests Tigers chair Lee Hagipantelis praised the backrower's service to the club.

"On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, I'd like to congratulate Chris on what has been a superb and terrific rugby league career," he said.

"Chris has shown remarkable resilience to achieve all that he has in our game, and he will undoubtedly go down as one of the finest men ever to play for Wests Tigers.

"Chris has embodied and displayed the core values of Wests Tigers in all that he does, and his loyalty to the club will be a lasting inspiration for many years to come."

Club chief executive Justin Pascoe credited Lawrence's unwavering passion for the orange, white and black.

"Chris is a truly remarkable player in the history of Wests Tigers and I have felt privileged to watch him play his career at this club," he said.

"He has always carried himself with the utmost professionalism and class on and off the field, and is a true model for every single person in the game of rugby league.

"Chris has played an exceptional role in setting the standards for what we want Wests Tigers to be known for as a club, and I cannot thank him and his family enough for his contribution."

Coach Michael Maguire said Lawrence's legacy would shine bright for future players.

"There's a lot that I admire about Chris, from his toughness to his character on and off the field," he said.

"In doing so, Chris has set the standard for what local juniors of Wests Tigers should aspire to be.

"To have played the entirety of his 15-year career with Wests Tigers, Chris has shown tremendous determination and drive in all that he does, and I am sure the future generations of this great club will always look up to that."