Halifax prop Jim Gannon has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season - labelling Karl Harrison’s new-look team as the perfect place to end a 14-year career.
Gannon, who turned 35 earlier this month, told Courier Sport he will not be seeking a new playing deal with the club for 2013.
“That’s one good thing about my situation, I don’t have to worry about contracts at the end of the year now,” said the Australian, who began his English career with Fax in 1999 before going on to play for Huddersfield, Hull KR and Widnes.
“I am definitely finishing; my body is telling me that it has had enough and if I could pick a season and a team to finish my career with then this would be it.
“I have been lucky with injuries so far this year and hopefully it will stay that way until the end now.
“The form is alright, Karl’s been using me off the bench to steady the ship and keep us going forward while Sam (Barlow) and Luke (Ambler) are having a spell and that’s working okay for me.
“Hopefully, Karl’s pleased with me and we can keep it that way for the rest of the season.”
Gannon’s exit as a player will come a year after Harrison told the player to quit, initially refusing to award the former Balmain Tigers forward an on-field contract to sit alongside his new role on the backroom staff, working with the club’s under 23 and under 18 teams.
Long-term injuries to Makali Aizue and Sam Barlow prompted a pay-as-you-play rethink and Gannon has not looked back, quickly establishing himself as one of Harrison’s first choice front rowers.
“Jim’s been great for us, on and off the field,” said Harrison, whose Fax playing career ended the season before Gannon’s began.
“I didn’t know him before I came back, but he’s a great bloke to have around the place.
“As long as he wants to stick around, there’ll be a place for him here.”