Leeds Rhinos and England star James Simpson has announced his retirement from Wheelchair Rugby League after a dazzling 10-year career.
The former British soldier's announcement comes after he helped England to victory at the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup last year, where they beat France in a thrilling final in Manchester
Simpson has been a regular for England on the international stage, winning 31 caps and also playing in the World Cup in 2017 prior to being part of last year's World Cup winning team.
Born in Leeds, Simpson made his debut for the Rhinos in 2012 where he would play in seven Grand Finals and helped his team to the title in 2018 and 2021.
He also captained the Rhinos to the Challenge Cup Final victories as well as the League Leaders Shield three times.
Speaking to the Leeds Rhinos about his announcement, Simpson said: "I made the decision a few years ago that I would retire from playing after 10 years.
"I was in the Army for 10 years and I played for 10 years and I just thought now would be a good time for a new challenge.
"I would like to thank everyone who has been part of my journey as a player. I've been really lucky to be an Ambassador for the World Cup and to have a voice in the game."
Although no longer involved in the game, Simpson will be remaining with Leeds Rhinos as a coach and doing some work behind the scenes to help grow the Rhinos team "even bigger and better".
He said: "I'm really looking forward to moving into the coaching role more full time and the chance to not just focus on the Super League team, but also dedicating time to the second team we’ve got now as we grow the sport."
Our inspirational Wheelchair captain @SimWheelchairRL has today announced his retirement from playing.— Leeds Rhinos Foundation (@RugbyLeeds) January 13, 2023
Congratulations on an incredible career! 🙌