Flannery set to retire at season end
St Helens’ Australian back-row forward Chris Flannery is set to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
The former Queensland Origin player, who turns 32 in June, is out of contract at the end of the year and will not seek an extension.
“I think this will be my last year,” he said during a break in preparations for Friday’s Stobart Super League clash with Catalan Dragons at Langtree Park.
“We’re going to go back to Australia after this. We’ve been over here for four and a half, nearly five years now. We’ve got a couple of young kids so it’s time to get back to Australia.
“Hopefully, I’ll have a big year this year and finish it off in the right fashion.”
Flannery, who joined St Helens on a three-and-a-half-year deal in the summer of 2007, played in four consecutive losing Super League Grand Finals but missed his side’s fifth successive defeat by Leeds Rhinos last October because of injury.
The tough-tackling forward, who won the 2002 NRL Premiership with Sydney Roosters, is unlikely to seek a new club when he returns home.
“I think I’ll hang the boots up,” he said. “I’ll go back and get some of that sunshine, to the house on the beach and do a bit of surfing. I’m looking forward to it.”