The rigours of rugby league have taken its toll with Nick Skinner taking time out from the game.
The 31-year-old stopped short of announcing his retirement but won't play for Southcity in 2020.
A neck issue, which threatened to derail his grand final push last season, is the main reason Skinner won't play on.
"I'm still having on-going issues with my neck and we are trying to get to the bottom of what is going on there," Skinner said.
"I've had it operated on years and years ago but I'm still having issues so I think the smartest thing would be to stop playing for the moment."
Skinner had a part of his spine fused after being on the end of a nasty tackle playing in the Queensland Cup when he was with the Canberra Raiders in 2009.
The problem caused him to be a late withdrawal before Southcity's dramatic major semi-final win over Gundagai but the front rower returned for the grand final loss to Tumut.
But with his young family expanding in the new year, Skinner believes stepping away from the Bulls is the best thing to do.
"I'm not ruling out not playing again but I've had two major injuries and then have probably been in and out of physios that much the last few years that it has gotten to the point where while I love my footy, it has become half a chore at times just to get my body right to play on the weekends," he said.
"I feel like an old man.
"I'll see how I go at the end of this year, and see how I feel, but at the moment I would say I'm done."
If the 28-4 loss to the Blues was indeed Skinner's last game he would leave the sport with an impressive resume.
He played six NRL games for Manly, was part of the first national under 20s premiership with Canberra, before returning back to Wagga were he was captain-coach of the Bulls in their back-to-back premiership success in 2016 and 2017.
One regret he has is not being part of the side for Nathan Rose's first season of coaching in 2020.
"I'm a bit disappointed as I would have liked to have been there to help Rosey out, but it's not to be," Skinner said.
It means the Bulls will be without Skinner and Jake Dooley next season, who were both part of the Group Nine Team of the Year, as well as Gundagai-bound Jack Lyons and Usaia O'Sullivan, who isn't expected to play as he recovers from a serious ankle injury.