Leeds Rhinos have confirmed former player and club legend Adrian Morley will play the final game of his career back in the famous blue and amber after returning to the Rhinos fold to be part of the team that takes on the number one side in the world, New Zealand, next Friday at Headingley.
Morley brought down the curtain on his career this season with his home town team of Salford – however he will delay his retirement by one more week for the chance to play at Headingley one last time having made his debut in April 1995 for Leeds.
Looking ahead to the game, Morley said, “It’s a great honour and thrill for me. It has come out of the blue but when Gary Hetherington asked me I didn’t think twice. I have so many great memories of my time at Leeds and New Zealand were the first international team I played against in 1996. I can’t think of a better way to finish my career and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Morley is currently part of the team raising funds and awareness in memory of Steve Prescott with the climb up Kilimanjaro but will return to the UK early next week to join up with the Rhinos.
Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington added, “Adrian has served Leeds, England, Great Britain and the game with great distinction for 20 years and it’s fitting he should finish where he started with Leeds at Headingley against the best Rugby League team in the world.”