Retiring Hull forward Gareth Ellis will walk out with the Super League trophy at Friday’s Grand Final.
The 39-year-old former Great Britain and England international has officially confirmed his retirement from the game for good, having made 477 career appearances.
Ellis, who will now take up an assistant coaching role at Hull, will deliver the Super League trophy at the KCOM Stadium for Friday’s showdown between Wigan and St Helens.
Ellis said: “I’m a bit nervous about it to be honest – but it’s such an honour to be asked.
“As I reflect on my own career, the Super League wins with Leeds Rhinos in 2007 and 2008 gave me memories I will never forget.
“Two great sides are contesting the 2020 Grand Final on Friday and both have a chance to make their own memories.
“I’ve been in the game long enough to have built good friendships with players on each team and I have a huge respect for the traditions of both clubs. I wish them the best of luck.
𝘾𝘼𝙋𝙏𝘼𝙄𝙉. 𝙇𝙀𝘼𝘿𝙀𝙍. 𝙇𝙀𝙂𝙀𝙉𝘿. 👏
Hanging up the boots again, but this time it's for good – an outstanding career and a true servant to the game. Thank you, Gaz. ❤️
— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) November 23, 2020
“The values of these clubs are epitomised by two players who, like me, are calling time on their careers at the end of the season.
“I have played with and against James Graham and Sean O’Loughlin many times and have an enormous amount of respect for them. They are tough competitors, great guys and both men are champions. Neither will give each other an inch on Friday – and they wouldn’t want it any other way.”
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