GRAND FINAL winner Chev Walker will bring the curtain down on his playing career tomorrow, with an appearance for the club where it began.
Walker, who retired at the end of the 2015 season, is to make a farewell appearance for Hunslet Warriors in his testimonial match against neighbours Hunslet Club Parkside at South Leeds Stadium (3pm).
Walker was a member of Leeds Rhinos’ title-winning team in 2004 and also played for Hull KR, Bradford Bulls and England, as well as having a stint in rugby union with Bath.
Now an assistant-coach at Bradford, Walker said: “This game is massive and the rivalry within the area is among the most passionate I’ve ever come across. It means everything to both clubs. I was gutted that my last game was a heavy loss for the Bulls against Hull KR in the Qualifiers last season, so the chance to put right some of those wrongs in this game is a terrific way to close my playing career.”
Warriors are coached by former Castleford Tigers prop Dean Sampson. Current Tigers star Paul McShane, a former Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hooker, is in charge of Parkside.
McShane said: “As long as I’ve been involved with the club we’ve been pushing for something like this to happen. Everyone knows each other and the bragging rights are massive. There is some real mileage in playing this game every year, it is something the community is really looking forward to.”
Hunslet Hawks Legends will face Rugby AM Legends in a curtain-raiser at 1pm.
Players invited to take part include Steve Pryce, Jamaine Wray, Mick Coyle, Latham Tawhai, David Plange, Richard Pachniuk, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Keith Senior and Paul Sculthorpe.
Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and at £5 for concessions.