Former Wigan Warriors and Leigh Centurions hooker retires

Former Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions hooker Bob Beswick has retired from rugby league.

His decision comes on the back of current side Newcastle Thunder deciding to go full-time from the 2022 season onwards.

Beswick began his career at hometown club Wigan where he made 22 appearances, before moving to Widnes Vikings.

The wily hooker then moved to Halifax and then on to Leigh for another 100-plus appearances.

He said: “The time has come to hang up my boots.

“It wasn’t planned for Saturday 18th September to be where it ended, but that’s sport.

“I’m so thankful that my mum, dad, amazing girlfriend Dom and my daughter Isla made the trip.

“I have had the pleasure of working with incredible coaches, volunteers, parents and team mates that I cannot begin to thank enough.

“There is something unique about the sport of rugby league and I believe it has given me far more than I can ever give back.

“During my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world doing something I love for the better part of 20 years.

“I’ve experienced both the highs, and life changing lows along the way, while forming friendships that will last a lifetime.

“I am as equally content with my achievements and experiences as I am excited for the future off the field.”

Beswick was also part of the inaugural Toronto Wolfpack side that began their European Super League march in 2017.

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