IT IS the moment all professional sportsmen dread.
It's the moment when they are told their playing career is over.
Many memorable victories may have been achieved throughout their career, but in the end they have been beaten by injury.
Unfortunately, this has been Darren Turner's fate.
A third knee reconstruction was one operation too far and the 29-year-old hooker has been forced to call it a day.
It brings the curtain down on a professional playing career that began as an Academy player at Leeds in the early 1990s.
Since then he has gone on to sample Challenge Cup final glory at Wembley with Sheffield Eagles, helped establish the Giants as a respected Super League club and last year earned a highly-deserved testimonial.
And Turner admits that achieving so much in the game has helped soften the blow of his retirement announcement.
"At the back of my mind I always feared this latest knee problem may get the better of me," he admitted.
"But even though it's a blow knowing I'll never play again, I'm more than happy with what I've achieved.
"As the result of being a professional rugby league player I've tasted Challenge Cup final glory at Wembley with Sheffield Eagles and visited Australia.
"But more recently I've been part of a Huddersfield Giants squad that has established itself in Super League.
"For a Huddersfield lad that's something that fills me with pride.
"Compared with a lot of people, I've no real grounds for complaint."
Although it's only a month since the former Underbank junior underwent his operation he is already back working as a builder with DJW Construction of Meltham.
It's a far cry from his life in the Super League arena, but he admits he is enjoying himself.
"I always knew I would be back on a building site at some stage, because it's the only thing I really know away from rugby," he added.
"I'm lucky that I've got so many contacts in the building trade and that I've been able to start work so soon.
"It's nice to know that you haven't been forgotten.
"And I have to admit it was nice to know that other clubs were interested in me when it was announced I would be leaving the Giants.
"Around half-a-dozen clubs contacted me to ask if I would be interested in playing for them next year, which I found very flattering.
"I would have definitely taken up one of the offers, but I'm afraid it isn't to be."