Widnes co-captain Chris Houston to retire at end of season

Drew Darbyshire

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Widnes co-captain Chris Houston has confirmed that he will hang up his boots at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old started his career in the NRL with St George Illawarra, making 16 appearances for the club, before moving to Newcastle Knights. He scored 27 tries in 160 games for the Knights.

Houston then made the switch to Super League ahead of the 2016 campaign and has made 65 appearances for the Vikings to date.

The forward is excited to see what the future has in store.

He said: “I have made a decision to retire at the end of 2018.

“It’s not a decision that has come easy but I am looking forward to the next part of my life and the challenges of the real world.

“I have played and loved rugby league since I was 10-years-old and it has given me so much in life. It has given me my livelihood for 15 years and a chance to see the world and I am grateful for this.

“To all my team-mates over the years, you are the reason I played the game. We have had plenty of good times on and off the field. The camaraderie and friendships will always continue. I look forward to catching up with you all down the track.

“I want to thank the Dragons, Knights and Vikings for providing me an opportunity to play for them. Each club has developed me as a player and as a person over the years.”