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Diskin announces retirement

Bradford captain Matt Diskin has announced he will retire at the end of the season after playing top-level Rugby League for 14 years.

The 32-year-old former Leeds hooker has made 364 appearances for club, county and country.

Diskin made his debut for Leeds in 2001 and went on to win four Super League titles with the Rhinos, and he was crowned a World Club Challenge winner in 2008.

Since his arrival at Bradford in 2010, Diskin has made 86 appearances for the team and has skippered the Bulls for the past three seasons.

His played three times for Yorkshire and won three England and seven England A caps, in addition to a solitary Great Britain appearance.

"I have enjoyed a wonderful career, one which I would have happily completed for free," said Diskin.

"I am extremely proud of what I have achieved in the game and, not being the most naturally-gifted player, I have done this through sheer hard work and determination.

"There have been plenty of ups and downs but I live with no regrets. Hindsight is wonderful but I would not have changed a thing.

"In my head, I would like to think I could play for another 10 or 20 years but my body is no longer allowing me to do the things I want it to do.