CASTLEFORD TIGERS’ long-serving front-rower Andy Lynch has confirmed he will retire at the end of this season.
Lynch, 37 is set to make his 500th career appearance when Tigers face Warrington Wolves at the Jungle tomorrow.
It would just be a brilliant way to sign off on a career I have truly loved.Andy Lynch
“I discussed it a lot with my wife April and we decided it’s the right time for me now to look to the next chapter of my life,” Lynch said of his decision to retire.
“My three boys are at that age now where I need to be there more at the weekend. They are all playing sports and I’ve already missed out on a lot with them. It’s now time to turn the tables and for me to spend my weekend watching my boys play sports.”
Lynch. who plans to run next year’s London Marathon, has set his sights on winning silverware before hanging up his boots.
He added: “To bring a trophy back to this club and this town would mean everything to me. It has been part of my life since I was 15, I love this club and I will always be a Castleford fan.
“It would just be a brilliant way to sign off on a career I have truly loved.”
Tigers coach Daryl Powell described Lynch as an “absolute professional”.
He said: “Lynchy has been an awesome player over many years.
“Five hundred rugby league games is a lot of games. He’s a big man and he does a lot of minutes so it’s a fine achievement.”