He’s almost part of the furniture at the Jungle after spending over a decade with the Castleford Tigers, but Grant Millington’s time will not last forever – even if his body is still telling him to carry on.
“Someone told me years ago that you know when you’re ready to retire when you cant do pre-season anymore, but pre-seasons are a lot different to what they used to be, there’s a lot of sport science involved in it now.
“My body feels great and I feel like I’m playing pretty great at present too; for me there’s a lot of other factors that will go into my decision than just me playing.
“I’ve got a young family, but at the moment I’m enjoying my footy and I’ll make the decision at the mid-to-back end of the season.
“I won’t be leaving it until the last minute, the club will want to make a decision on signing new players, so there’s a lot of moving cogs behind the scenes that people don’t see.
“Obviously, I will have to organise myself to move back to the other side of the world if that’s what is to happen, but we’re not quite that at that decision yet.”
With rugby league being his whole life, Millington does not want to step away from the game entirely when he retires either.
“I’ve got a young family and for them to be around grandparents, cousins and a bit of sunshine will be nice, but you never know what will pop up.
“The plan is to go back to Australia once I’ve done; all I’ve done for my whole life is rugby league and it would be a shame not to use my knowledge I’ve gained in some capacity, whether that be in a top-level team or coaching my son who will be five next year.
“I want to be a part of the game my whole life, no matter what level.”