ELLIS KEEN TO PLAY ON
Gareth Ellis during his time at the Wests Tigers in 2009.
Running round on tireless legs as usual for Hull was former Wests Tigers back-rower Gareth Ellis, who is sizing up the title of Super League’s oldest player if he decides to carry on in 2018.
The 36-year-old recently returned to the field from a sternum injury that at one point was feared to call time on his career.
But out the other side of a rare injury concern, Ellis and the club are weighing up a remarkable 20th season of top flight rugby league next season.
Ellis is well known to Aussie fans from his 75 games with the Tigers between 2009 and 2012, when he was a key pillar of their pack and earned plaudits as one of the best British imports seen in Australia.
Either side of his stint Down Under, Ellis has clocked up some 300-plus games for Wakefield and Leeds, and now Hull since returning to the UK in 2013.
With 33 Test appearances for Great Britain and English teams after first debuting in 2003, Ellis has turned out in over 400 games of first grade league on both sides of the globe, and isn’t planning on slowing down just yet.
“I’ve had my moments this year when I’ve been swaying backwards and forwards but I didn’t want to make any rash decision,” Ellis said recently.
“I wanted to be back playing when I made the decision.
“I came off the field last week with a smile on my face and, as long as I can do that, I’d like to think I can keep on playing.”
Hes a machine :master: