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XXXX Queensland Maroons forward Corey Parker made a heartfelt retirement speech to fans and media earlier this morning.

This season will be his last in the NRL, with the 34-year-old to retire at the end of the year just a few games short of close friend Darren Lockyer's all-time game mark.

Parker will play his final State of Origin match on home soil at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, before finishing the season with the Broncos.

This originally appeared on the Brisbane Broncos website.