Playing against Bradford made Morley’s mind up

Salford forward Adrian Morley admits the decision to retire was largely influenced by the Red Devils’ recent loss to Bradford in the Super 8s.

Morley announced on Thursday he will bring the curtain down on his illustrious career after 20 years at the end of this season, and he described how his performance and subsequent injury against the Bulls – a game the Red Devils lost heavily – convinced him this was the right time to go.

“I’ve been fortunate to have a long career but it’s time to call it a day,” said Morley.

“I’ve been a bit torn and I will miss it but you’ve got finish at some point. The defining moment came the other week when we played Bradford. I hurt my neck and made my decision then.”

Jamie Peacock, Morley’s former Great Britain team-mate who will also quit playing this year, said: “It has been a privilege to play alongside a true great of the game. He is the toughest player I have ever had to compete against.”