Men’s First Grade captain Michael Rolston officially confirmed his retirement from NPL football at Saturday’s Men’s and Youth NPL Presentation night.
Rolston was chosen as the inaugural winner of the new Tigers Trademark Club Award, while also being recognised for his ten years of service to the club.
‘Rolo’ will still be a part of the Northern Tigers family, having accepted an offer to join the senior coaching staff for the 2019 season.
Technical Director Jason Eagar paid recognition to Rolston’s contribution to the club over the past decade.
“Rolo’s leadership and quality will be missed on the park but I am really pleased he will be contributing off the park in a coaching capacity at Northern Tigers in 2019, supporting the next generation of Tigers players,” he said.
“Rolo has made a significant impact at Northern Tigers with ten years of service to the First Grade squad, winning three Championships, one Premiership, and captaining the team over the past four seasons.
“Rolo is great example of what Northern Tigers is all about and has helped to mould the club’s culture.”
Rolston made 175 First Grade appearances during his time as a player, placing him second on the all-time appearance list behind Paul Davies.
The 30-year-old also found the back of the net 14 times, building a reputation as a formidable penalty-taker.
Rolo would indeed convert from the spot in his final appearance for the club, coming off the bench in our semi-final loss against St George during the second half of extra time and scoring his penalty kick in the shootout.