Ellis confirms retirement

Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has announced his retirement from the game for a second time at the age of 39.

Ellis had initially announced his retirement at the end of the 2017 season, after helping the Black and Whites to back-to-back Challenge Cups. But he reversed his decision to help Hull during an injury crisis in 2019.

He made his professional debut with Wakefield Trinity back in 1999, and has since gone to represent Leeds Rhinos, Wests Tigers in the NRL and then the Black and Whites.

Overall, he has 477 appearances over the course of his career.

He will now take up a coaching role with the Black and Whites, the same one he had before coming out of retirement previously.

Reacting to the news, he said: “Now the dust has settled on our season, it seems the right time to officially confirm my second retirement.

“Whereas the decision to retire at the end of the 2017 season was very difficult and one a wrestled with for some time, as you can imagine this time around it was much more straight forward and something I have alluded to throughout this year’s campaign.

“I’ve always prided myself as someone who can lead from the front and make a difference in games, but as the years have caught up on me it gets more and more difficult to come to terms with not being physically able to be that player anymore and would get frustrated with some mediocre performances.”

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