Castleford Tigers have announced captain Michael Shenton will be retiring at the end of the 2021 season.
Shenton has spent all, apart from a two-year spell at St Helens, of his career at the Tigers. He made his debut for the club in 2004, and has since made 345 appearances for the club, and has helped the side to two Challenge Cup Finals, and the Super League Grand Final. He also lifted the League Leaders Shield in 2017.
Speaking of his decision, Shenton said: “I’ve had some incredible experiences in the game, but also some tough times too.
“The heartache of relegation after getting the club promoted the previous year, but then getting to be a part of a very special team in 2007, winning the Championship Grand Final to get Cas back into Super League – that was a highlight.
“I’ve had some very special moments, none more so than being in the first Castleford team in history to lift the League Leaders’ Shield.
“Representing England in the sport you love is an unreal feeling but getting the chance to go and play in tournaments across the world in Australia and New Zealand was incredibly special too.
“Our ground creates the best atmosphere in the league, mainly because our supporters are so passionate. The Club is at the heart of our local communities and means so much to them. It’s been incredibly special to represent the Club for such a long time, and it’s with great sadness that my time playing for Cas is coming to an end.”