Gidley to retire at the end of the season

Warrington have confirmed half-back Kurt Gidley will retire at the end of the current season.

The 35-year-old joined Wire in 2016, having been a one-club player at Newcastle Knights in the NRL since 2001 with over 250 appearances.

He’s gone on to make 48 appearances – including one at both Wembley and Old Trafford – crossing for 13 tries and kicking 111 goals.

“I’d played all my career at Newcastle but always had the desire to come over to Super League,” said Gidley.

“I always had two years in my own head – signing a one year deal and then extending for another year. I knew deep down that two years was probably the right amount of time although I was open to playing more.

“Coming into this season this decision has to do with not wanting to push myself too far and wanting to finish on my own terms.

“I’m content with what I’ve achieved so far at Warrington and I’d like us to finish on a high note.

“I wanted to let people know so they can move on for next year, but I’m 100 percent committed to the team, the club and the fans.

“I’d like to finish on lots of positives and finish the year off well. There’s still a lot to play for.

“My family and I will settle back at Newcastle where I grew up and played most of my career. We’ll settle back by the beach and then make plans for life after footy.”

Wolves’ boss Tony Smith added: “It’s always tough for a player of his calibre to come up with the decision to retire, but we are very supportive of Kurt’s decision.

“He gives it his all and has been a real warrior for two clubs. He’s not somebody who’s bounced around from club to club throughout his career – he’s been very loyal to his home club in Newcastle Knights and then loyal to us as well.

“He will continue to give it his all too because that’s kind of person he is. We wish him well in advance of his retirement, but he’s got some work left to do and I know he’s looking forward to rolling his sleeves up helping us to get into a better position than we are in at the moment.”

(Image permission: Richard Long)

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