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In a season marred by an enduring ankle injury which ultimately ended his career in Manly, favourite son Glenn Stewart will leave the club as one of the greatest players to pull on the maroon and white jersey. 

Stewart only managed six games before injuring his ankle against Canberra in round eight, undergoing surgery that was expected to see him return for the latter stage of the season.

However, a series of setbacks drew a premature close to the 30 year-old’s playing days in the maroon and white.

Stewart has played 184 NRL matches for the Club since making his debut against the Brisbane Broncos back in Round 3, 2003. He has played in four NRL Grand Finals (2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013), winning premierships in 2008 and 2011 as well as the Clive Churchill Medal in 2011.

The Wests Wollongong junior also represented Australia and New South Wales on five occasions, three times for Country Origin and once with the PM’s XIII in 2009.

“The support everyone has given me over the years has been immense,” Stewart said.

“It’s going to be an odd feeling when I do have to come back to Brookie next season in a different jersey, but I will never forget the support the members, fans and supporters have given me over the years.”