- Publish Date
- Monday, 16 May 2016, 4:33PM
An emotional Andy Ellis has announced he'll retire from Super Rugby.
The former All Blacks halfback has explained his reasons for walking away from the Crusaders after 10 years.
Trying to hold back tears, Ellis said the decision has been tough.
"Growing up here it was always a big part of playing footy and you could have given me one game to play for the Crusaders and I would have died a happy man. Leaving on my own terms."
Ellis said he feels now is the right time to leave as he's still playing at a high level but said its sad to know there's only a limited time left to play out his childhood dream.
"The old Lancaster Park, Dad used to take a big bucket he'd tip upside so I could stand and watch the game. Yeah I just love my footy, so it's awesome to have done it for as long as I have.
"Every training you know it's your last. The trip to Africa, I made the most of that I tell you that much. And just the moments with your mates and the moments where you can try and help the younger guys. Everything I do is for the last time."
Ellis said he was offered an extension by the Crusaders, but turned it down.
Ellis made his debut for the red and blacks in 2006.
"Growing up here I always just loved the team, growing up as a little fulla, jeepers."
Ellis will continue to play for the Kobelco Steelers in Japan after this season.