Kurt Gidley among star names coming out of retirement for NRL Nines

James Messenger

Former Warrington half-back Kurt Gidley is one of several star names dusting their boots off ahead of next month’s NRL Nines.

Gidley, 37, made 251 appearances for the Newcastle Knights over 16 seasons before moving to Super League ahead of the 2016 campaign.

He appeared 55 times for the Wolves, scoring just short of 300 points before announcing his retirement at the end of 2017.

Brisbane legend Corey Parker will also come out of retirement to appear at the event at Perth’s HBF Park, while former NRL-winning forward Andrew Ryan has been named in Canterbury Bulldogs’ squad.

Australian international Parker has been retired for three seasons, having made 347 appearances for the Broncos. He is now assistant coach at the club, but will make his playing return on the weekend of February 14-15.

Speaking to NRL.com, he said: “To get an opportunity to run out there with arguably some of the game’s superstars was at my age something I couldn’t refuse.

“Being involved with those lads on a day-to-day basis in a coaching realm was enticing as well. It was a pretty easy decision from my end.”

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