Leeds Rhinos and Brett Delaney have today confirmed that the Australian forward is to call an end to his time playing full-time rugby league.
He will feature once more in the Rhinos’ Boxing Day friendly against local rivals Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley before taking up a role with the club’s foundation who he has already done a wealth of work with. The 32-year-old hopes to be able to continue his playing career on a part-time basis elsewhere. The experienced forward has appeared in thirteen finals in nine seasons with the club and has made over two hundred appearances in the blue and amber. Recent seasons, however, have seen the forward hit by injury and he hasn’t made played since July.
Of his imminent departure from the Rhinos’ playing ranks – the fourth player to announce their departure during this off-season – Delaney said “when I left Australia, I was a 24-year-old kid and I could never have imagined that I would be privileged enough to play nine amazing seasons with a great club like Leeds,” adding that “I understand the club need to move forward, especially as an overseas player, and hopefully this will allow them to do that.”