SURVIVOR: Former Knights skipper Kurt Gidley has announced he will retire at the end of the Super League season. Picture: Getty ImagesFORMER Knights skipper KurtGidleyhas vowed to end his illustrious career on a high after announcing this will be his last season with Warrington.
The 35-year-old playmaker willretire after17 seasons and more than300 appearances in both the English and Australian competitions.
Gidley has spent the past two seasons in the north of England, after playing 251 games for the Newcastle Knights, forwhomhe amassed 1228 points and scored 80 tries.
“I knew deep down that two years was probably the right amount of time, although I was open to playing more,” Gidley told the Warrington website.
“Coming into this season this decision has to do with not wanting to push myself too far and wanting to finish on my own terms.
“I’ve never been motivated by money to play an extra year and I’m content with what I’ve done in my career. I wanted to let my teammates know first and then everyone else as it then helps me move on and enjoy the rest of the year. I’m content with what I’ve achieved so far at Warrington and I’d like us to finish on a high note.”
Warrington, who finished runners-up in last year’s Super League and also the Challenge Cup final, are ninth on the points table, 10 points behind the top four.
A former captain of the Knights and NSW, Gidley made 12 Origin appearances and represented Australia on as many occasions.
Knights CEO Matt Gidley believes his brother’s career should be a source of inspiration for up-and-coming players in the game.
“He’s had a great career,’’ Matt said. “He’s one of those players that wasn’t super talented at a young age but he always worked pretty hard … if you keep working hard and chipping away and keep giving your all, that will be recognised.’’