Rochdale Hornets captain Sean Penkywicz has announced his immediate retirement from the sport.
Penkywicz, 40, enjoyed more than 400 appearances in a career spanning across two decades.
The hooker began his career at Halifax, making his debut in 2000. He went on to appear for Huddersfield, Leigh, Toronto and Workington before linking up with the Hornets ahead of the 2020 campaign.
His announcement follows less than two weeks after the departure of head coach Matt Calland at the Crown Oil Arena.
He won four caps for Wales, having made his international debut in 2008.
Sean Penkywicz on retirement call
“I feel like it’s the right time to step away from the game.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have a long, enjoyable, career and I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped make that possible.
“I’ve loved my years at Hornets and am proud of the progress we’ve made – as a team – in my time here.
“It’s an exciting group of players that I’m proud to have been a part of. I’m sure the boys will continue to progress in the coming seasons.”