York legend Tim Spears to retire at season’s end

Drew Darbyshire

York legend Tim Spears will retire from rugby league at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old forward has made more than 400 career appearances for Castleford, Dewsbury, Batley, Featherstone and York.

Spears, who joined York ahead of the 2017 season, featured in the 1895 Cup final at Wembley earlier this year when they fell short to defeat to Featherstone.

Spears said: “You get to a point in your career where it’s time. I’m 37-years old, I’ve had a fantastic time and, through Covid and lockdowns, we all missed playing and then came back.

“I’ve just come to a point where I think it’s the right time in my life. I’ve got young kids away from rugby who probably want to see a bit more of me. I remember signing for Castleford 22 years ago, I’ve made over 400 appearances but good things have to come to an end and that’s where I’m at.

“At this moment in time, I think it’s right for me to take some time away from the game and prioritise my family and career.

“I’ve done some work with some of the boys at training ground and I’ve been happy to see the other guys having the opportunity to play but, equally, when required, I’ve played and enjoyed playing. When you’re given the opportunity to play for York City Knights, you don’t turn it down and I’ve enjoyed every game as always.”

York coach James Ford said: “I’m very proud to have coached Tim. His work ethic and drive to be the best version of himself are very inspiring.

“He has given an awful lot to rugby league and this club. I hope he enjoys his retirement and finally gets to meet his family.”

Spears, who came through the ranks at Castleford, made 197 appearances for Featherstone prior to his York move between 2009-16, scoring 19 tries.