Ablett to hang up boots
Leeds Rhinos' long-serving forward Carl Ablett has confirmed he is retiring at the end of the Super League season.
The 33-year-old has been out of action since September 1 with an ankle injury he picked up at Headingley against Hull KR.
Ablett does have a year remaining on his contract at Leeds, but after discussions with the club, the veteran forward feels it is the right time to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
"I am 33 now and I've not played all this year," he said. "I have had a few chats with Kev [Sinfield, Rhinos' director of rugby] and the situation has arisen where the club have to look after themselves and I have to think about life after rugby and if I do get back, am I going to be at the level I want to be at?
"I'd hate to be playing on too long or when I can't really contribute the way I'd like."
Ablett leaves the Rhinos having won an incredible haul of trophies, including seven Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges.
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