Rugby League: Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis ready to retire at the end of the season

Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Hull captain Gareth Ellis has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

Ellis, 36, who will lead out the Black and Whites for their Challenge Cup trophy defence at Wembley on Saturday week, made the announcement ahead of his 450th career appearance which will come against Huddersfield on Friday.

Gareth Ellis signed for Leeds Rhinos from Wakefield in 2005.

Gareth Ellis signed for Leeds Rhinos from Wakefield in 2005.

“The timing is right. To bow out now while I’m able to contribute wholeheartedly on the field,” said the former Leeds, Wakefield and England forward who will stay at Hull and take up an off-field role.

“We’re back at Wembley next weekend and in sight of only a second ever Grand Final.”

He added: “I’m determined to finish on a high and I’m dreaming of that fairytale finish.”

Gareth Ellis in one of his early Wakefield Wildcats forays against London Broncos.

Gareth Ellis in one of his early Wakefield Wildcats forays against London Broncos.

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