Coley to retire at end of season

Wigan prop Andy Coley will retire at the end of the current season.

 

The 33 year-old has decided to hang up his boots after starting a career that began playing for Swinton, and later signing for Salford in 2001. Coley later joined the Warriors in 2008.

 

But he wants to end his career on a high, and that would mean Wigan winning the league and cup double for the first time since 1995.

 

He said: “I think I’ve decided to do the right thing and to call it quits.

 

“But if I can go out with a win at Wembley and a grand final ring that would be immense and the perfect fairytale for me.”

 

Coley and the Wigan team are not looking any further ahead than Saturday’s Challenge Cup final against Leeds, and Coley admits it will be a tougher game than previous results this season.

 

He said: “It’s a final and as a one off game. Leeds are a quality team and anything can happen.

 

“We tasted grand final success last year, but the disappointment in the squad last year getting beat by Leeds was unbelievable.”

 

In what has been confirmed as his final year, Coley doesn’t want any regrets as the season approaches the business end and the play offs are round the corner.

 

He said: “I think you can see from our results we’re a team focused on success. We needed to win on Friday to keep our chances of winning Super League and the performance was right up there.

 

“Leeds probably approached their game (against Harlequins) in a different manner. They’re happy with Super League where they are and they can’t finish top of the tree. They rested a few players and probably had one eye on this week. Now we have the (Bradford) result out of the way our eyes are firmly set on lifting that trophy.”

 

 

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