Picture Special: Wakefield Wildcats star Raleigh announces retirement

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats forward Andy Raleigh has announced his retirement following a 12-year career in rugby league.

Raleigh has played the game since he was eight years-old and experienced the sport from every level including student rugby, National League and Super League.

Andy Raleigh

Andy Raleigh

Raleigh played semi-professionally at Sheffield Eagles for three seasons starting in 2002 and moved to East Hull in 2004 to represent Hull KR in National League One for one season.

Raleigh made his Super League debut playing for Huddersfield Giants, when he joined his home town club in 2005 and went on to play 133 games in six years with the Giants.

He moved to the Wildcats in 2012 on a two-year contract and enjoyed a successful first year at the Wildcats, scooping the Players’ Player of the Year and Coach’s Player of the Year awards.

He signed another one year contract at Wakefield in 2013 taking him into his twelfth year of professional rugby.

Raleigh said: “It has been a dream come true to be able to play the sport that I love for a living.

“I’ve had some fantastic experiences from playing in Challenge Cup finals to making the play-offs, and met some great people along the way.

“I just felt that the time was right to hang up my boots after 12 great years as I’m not getting any younger.

“I’ve been extremely lucky, and very grateful, to have a very supportive family, without which I probably wouldn’t have pursued a career in professional rugby. I’d also like to thank the fans for their support, especially those that have supported my testimonial events, I really appreciate it.”

Read more on this story in Friday’s Wakefield Express.