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FORMER Warrington Wolves winger Chris Riley, who lived the dream of signing for his home town club as a 17-year-old, has announced his retirement from the game after being without a club for the past 12 months.
Warrington born Riley, who won three Challenge Cup medals with Warrington, said: “The time as come to finally announce my retirement from the sport of Rugby League.
The 30-year-old, who also played full-back, said:”I’ve been Inactive and without a club for just over 12 months and I no longer have the same passion and desire as I did for the last 13 years or so playing and feel this is the right time to hang up the boots.
“I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a Rugby League player and also getting the chance to do this for a large part of my career with my home town club Warrington Wolves.
“I could never imagine when I debuted at the age 17 that in my time there I would go on and be involved in winning the Challenge Cup the clubs first trophy in 35 years and to go on win further trophies was more than I could ever of asked for. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs that gave me opportunity to represent there clubs along the way London, Wakefield, Rochdale I enjoyed every minute with each one.
“I’d like to thank all the staff who have invested their time in me and getting the best from me on and off the field. I’d like to thank my peers in making wonderful memories and building some strong friendships. Thank you to all the fans for there loyal support across the years. Big thanks to my family and friends for the love and guidance. To my wife and children for there unconditional love and support through all the ups and downs.
“I’m now looking forward to becoming a fan again and to enjoy watching this great game.”
Riley played 180 times for Warrington from 2005-14 scoring 120 tries. During that time he had loan spells at Harlequins, Swinton and finally Wakefield, where he eventually joined full -time before moving on to Rochdale Hornets.
He also played for his country with England Knights in 2012.