Scott Murrell to retire at the end of season

Josh McAllister
Scott Murrell

Keighley half-back Scott Murrell has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2022 League 1 campaign.

Murrell has enjoyed a career spanning two decades, featuring for Leeds, London Broncos, Hull KR, Halifax and the Cougars.

His current side sit at the top of the League 1 table and are favourites to win promotion to the Championship for 2023.

“It was a hard decision to call it a day but to end on the high of this season feels the right way to go,” said Murrell.

“I have loved every club that I have ever played for.

“Personally I have always worn my heart on my sleeve and given 110%, and I can’t thank all my coaches, team-mates, and supporters enough for their back over the years on and off the pitch.

“I went to watch my brother Gareth train at Drighlington one day, thought I want to do that myself, and the rest as they say is history.

‘I have loved every club that I have ever played for’

“The amateur coaches, Heppy at the start, then my old man, Karl Richards, and Big Macca, in my youth helped make all this possible so to them, I owe the biggest amount of gratitude.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to all my family and friends, especially my Mum and Dad who gave up so much when I was younger to allow me to pursue my dream and play this sport.

“My wife, Claire, and kids Logan, Archie, and Lily-Mae, especially deserve the biggest of thanks for all their sacrifices as they have had to give up as much as I have done over the years, whether that be anniversaries, birthdays, or family events.

“None of this would have been possible without all of them behind me.

“Now I am looking forward to my next chapter in the game away from the pitch and I can’t wait to see where that takes me.”

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Murrell, 36, has made more than 400 career appearances and began his professional career in 2003 with Leeds Rhinos.

He made just one appearance for the club before joining Hull KR in 2006.

The playmaker won promotion to Super League as they defeated Widnes in the 2006 National League One play-off final.

During his six years at Craven Park, he made 178 appearances before moving on to join Halifax ahead of the 2013 season.

He spent eight years at the Shay, enjoyed many successes including a memorable cup run to the 2019 Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Murrell joined League 1’s Keighley ahead of the 2021 season. He made his 400th career appearance in July last year. 

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