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Horne confirms retirement

Hull FC stalwart Richard Horne has confirmed he will retire at the end of the 2014 Super League season, a career that spans 16 years as a one-club man.

The 32-year old made his debut for the Airlie Birds aged just 16 and has since amassed 383 appearances for his home-town club including 251 in the Super League.

Horne has scored 563 points, including 133 tries for the Airlie Birds. He appeared in the 2005 Challenge Cup final victory over Leeds Rhinos in Cardiff, the 2006 Grand Final and 2008 Challenge Cup Final, both against St Helens.

His services to the Black and Whites have also earned him international recognition, appearing for Scotland on three occasions in the early stages of his career as well as 12 appearances for Great Britain, whilst his efforts also saw him claim a spot at half-back in the 2004 Super League Dream Team.

Horne, who says the time feels right to stop playing, will remain at the KC Stadium next season as he will take up the role of head coach of the club's Under-16s.

\"It has probably taken about two to three months to allow me to get my head around the idea, but it just feels the right time to retire from playing,\" he told the club's official website.

\"If somebody had told me when I made my debut for the club back when I was just 16 that I would still be playing for Hull at 32, I would have laughed and then quickly snapped their hand off for the opportunity. For me to be able to live my childhood dream, what more could you ask for?

\"It has been an amazing 16 years, unfortunately though at some point you have to make this decision and it just feels like the moment has come for me.

\"The decision has coincided with the club offering me this role within the coaching staff, which I am extremely looking forward to and I'm glad I am able to stay with Hull to take up this new challenge.

\"Hopefully I will be able to have an equally long coaching career at the club as I have managed to achieve playing.

\"My main goal now is to bring these kids through and hopefully give them the right skills and tools needed to make it as a Super League player.\"