SAINTS and Tonga utility back Will Hopoate has announced his retirement from professional rugby league.

Hopoate, who signed off a two-year stint with Saints in September, skippered Tonga in yesterday's test defeat by England at Leeds.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a long career in the NRL with Manly, Parramatta and Canterbury Bulldogs.

He played 31 times for Saints, winning a Grand Final ring in 2022 and was in the victorious World Club Challenge team. 

Posting on his Instagram page Hopoate thanked those who have helped him on the journey.

Hopoate wrote: "What a ride it’s been. To my family, friends, and fans - thank you for your support.

"To all the teams I’ve represented, coaching staff, and especially my teammates that have helped me learn and love this game - I appreciate you.

"To Ty @sportsplayermanagement who I‘ve been with from start to finish, thanks for all your help through my entire journey.

"To mum and dad, thank you for all the driving you did, sacrifices you made and smacks you gave to get me to first grade, couldn’t have made it without you.

"And to you my wife Jimicina, thank you for riding the footy roller coaster with me, holding it down at home and moving homes everywhere we have to support me.

"I was able to live my dream of being a husband, father, and footy player all at the same time because of you, love you.

"Loved every minute of this career I’ve been blessed. Looking forward to the next chapter. Thank you rugby league."