Ryan Brierley has over 200 games under his belt since joining the Leigh Centurions in 2012, but he has now revealed just where he wants to retire.
At 29 years of age, Brierley still reckons he has at least five years left at the highest level and has spoken of his desire to hang up his boots at either the club that gave him his chance – the Leigh Centurions – or his boyhood club that he most recently signed for – Salford Red Devils.
“I hope I’ve got five years left in my career, I’ve always said Salford or Leigh would be the places I would love to retire at,” Brierley told Serious About Rugby League.
“I’ve got a strong affiliation with both clubs, it would be the perfect way to send off.
“Rugby league is a crazy game but it can take you to all places around the world and I’ve learnt to play it by ear and let my rugby do the talking.
“I need to make sure my best performances aren’t that far from my worst performances, maintaining that consistency was the thing for me last year.”
The former Toronto Wolfpack and Huddersfield Giants playmaker believes his time at Leigh in Super League in 2021 was good enough to secure his top flight status – even if it didn’t help the Centurions.
“I felt even though as a team we were struggling, I felt my performances were pretty consistent.
“Being able to stay in Super League leading up to a World Cup year was the right thing for me personally.
“It’s the best thing for my career, the Salford move can guarantee my future for two years.”
Salford weren’t the only side that came calling for Brierley, however, as other Super League clubs had been interested.
“I had a few phone calls with my agent about a couple of different club and offers and I just felt Salford was the right fit me.
“Obviously they are my childhood club and I’ve always wanted to play for them at some point in my career.
“Although I’ve had the chance in the past to play for Salford I felt this was the right time for me.”