Rinaldi hanging up boots
London Broncos' French hooker Julien Rinaldi has announced his decision to retire after tomorrow's final Stobart Super League game of the season against Hull KR.
The 33-year-old former French international has spent the last eight seasons in Super League and is in his second spell with the Londoners.
"I started thinking about retiring when I was struggling with an ankle injury earlier in the season," he said.
"I managed to come back from that but it's been a long time now I've been playing professionally and my body is telling me that it's time to stop.
"It's been a hard decision to make. There's a really good group of people at the Broncos but I wanted to do the right thing by the club and myself."
Rinaldi began his career at his home-town club Villeneuve before making the move to Super League with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and also had stints at Catalan Dragons and Bradford Bulls before returning to the capital 12 months ago.
Broncos coach Tony Rea said: "He's a terrific man and a terrific player.
"It's easy to tell he is French, like a good red he just keeps on getting better with age. We all look forward to his last contribution on the field - it will be his best as usual.”
The Londoners have also confirmed that veteran prop Karl Temata, the club's longest-serving player, will leave at the end of the season after agreeing a deal with French side Limoux for 2013.
Temata has made 137 appearances since joining the Broncos from New Zealand Warriors in 2005 but has struggled to hold down a place this season.
"It's going to be a bit of a shock when I leave as after eight years it’s become a way of life," he said.
“I’m looking forward to a bit of a change but I’ll be coming back and definitely keeping in touch with the lads here.”