Diskin reveals his head tells him he can play on but body says it is time to quit

Bradford Bulls' Matt Diskin (Picture: James Hardisty).
Bradford Bulls' Matt Diskin (Picture: James Hardisty).
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BRADFORD BULLS captain Matt Diskin has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old former Great Britain and England international has made 364 appearances for club, county and country, in a career spanning 14 years.

Dewsbury-born hooker Diskin turned professional with Leeds, making his first-team debut in 2001, and went on to win four Super League titles with the Headingley club – three in succession.

He was named man of the match in the 2004 Grand Final, claiming the Harry Sunderland Trophy as the Rhinos overcame Bradford at Old Trafford, and was crowned a World Club Challenge winner in 2008.

Diskin has made a total of 86 appearances for the Bulls, having arrived at the Provident Stadium in 2010, and has led the side for the past three seasons.

“I have enjoyed a wonderful career, one which I would have happily completed for free,” said Diskin, who has amassed an impressive 244 points. “I am extremely proud of what I have achieved in the game and, not being the most naturally-gifted player, I have done through sheer hard work and determination.”

He added: “In my head, I would like to think I could play for another 10 or 20 years, but my body is no longer allowing me to do the things I want it to do.

“Having said that, this is not a decision I have taken lightly. Since the age of eight, all I have ever known is rugby league.”