James Green to retire at end of season

York prop James Green has announced he will retire at the end of the season so he can fully focus on work commitments.

The 30-year-old has made more than 150 career appearances for Hull KR, Leigh, Castleford, Bradford and York.

Green came through the ranks at Hull KR and played 81 games for the club between 2012-16. He helped the Robins reach the Challenge Cup final in 2015 although he just missed out on a spot in the team at Wembley.

He will finish the rest of the Championship season with York before hanging up his boots to focus on his own business as a mortgage advisor.

Green tweeted: “I have decided to retire at the end of the current season. Since starting my own business I have struggled to commit to both my business and rugby, so the time has come to walk away from rugby to fully focus on my business.

“I’ve been privileged enough to make a living out of rugby league for 10 years now. I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I would when I started as a 16-year-old at Hull KR.

“I’ve made some lifelong friends, experienced things I never thought I would and RL has shaped me into the person I am today. But now is the time to focus on life after rugby and by walking away at the end of the season I feel I can take my business to the next level.

“Thank you to everyone I’ve shared this amazing journey with along the way. Thank you to my amazing wife Beth and family for being there through the bad times and the good. Through it all I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

Elsewhere in the Championship, Featherstone have announced the signing of France international Gadwin Springer from Halifax on a deal until the end of the season.

Prop Springer, 28, has made almost 100 career appearances for Catalans, Castleford, Toronto and Halifax.

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