Te Maire Martin has announced his retirement from rugby league with immediate effect.

The North Queensland Cowboys five-eighth or full-back has been on the sidelines since April after suffering a bleed on his brain.

The 24-year-old, who joined the Cowboys in 2017 from Penrith Panthers, returned to training and remained at the club during pre-season despite his contract being up.

He was training with the Cowboys in the hope he would be cleared to play again. Despite making a lot of progress, he has now been told he will not be able to play contact sport again.

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Martin said: “The last nine months have been extremely difficult. I’d like to reassure everyone that I’m doing well and I have recovered to the point where my day to day life isn’t affected, but I can’t get past the contact stage of training, which means I can’t play footy anymore.

“I’d like to thank the Cowboys for their unwavering support – they could not have done any more for me, particularly the medical staff – as well as the club’s members and fans for their well wishes.”