Former New Zealand International Aaron Heremaia has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of this season .
The 35 year old has played nearly 300 games in his career , and will have played over 100 games for the Vikings by the end of the qualifiers . He joined Widnes from Hull FC 3 years ago and also had spells at New Zealand Warriors and Leigh Centurions .
Heremaia will be hoping to sign off having helped the Chemics retain their place in Super League for 2019 , as they have 7 crucial games to come in the Super 8 qualifiers . His last game could be the dreaded million pound game .
On his decision he said ” “Although my body is feeling fine and I’m still in good shape, you realise that rugby league is mentally quite hard. Because I’ve been playing the game for so long and, having spoken to a few friends who have recently retired, I feel like it’s the right time to move on to the next stage of my life.”
“We’ve got seven huge games coming up and I know everyone in the group are fully focused on ensuring that Widnes Vikings retain their Super League status by the time I hang up my boots.”