Six Super League Players Who Could Retire at The End of 2018

3. Ben Westwood

‘Super Benny Westwood’ finds himself in a similar position to Minichello in regards to the crop of younger Warrington forwards eager to make their mark on the first team.

Westwood signed a new 12-month deal in 2017 and is rightly seen as a club legend at the Wolves.

The 36-year old has immeasurable amounts of experience and knowledge to pass on to the likes of Luis Johnson, Pat Moran, Joe Philbin and George King, amongst others, so maybe his future lies away from the pitch?

Wherever the big second rower ends up, his status as a Warington hero will never be tarnished, and he has provided the Halliwell Jones faithful with many an eye-catching moment over the years.

Warrington have a great chance of achieving silverware in 2018 given the squad Steve Price has at his disposal.  Benny may think of no better leaving gift than either a Challenge Cup or Super League triumph.

2. Jake Webster

Jake Webster’s future beyond the end of 2018 is something that is talked about frequently by Castleford fans and perhaps divides them the most.

At 34 years of age, the New Zealand international has certainly lost a yard of pace but is still a key asset to Daryl Powell on a weekly basis.

Webster’s contract is up at the end of the year and has made no secret of his desire to have another year at the Tigers.

If that doesn’t materialise though, he may wonder whether he has the enthusiasm to wear the colours of another team.

If not, he could look at whether following the pathway of someone like Danny Orr may lead to a backroom role at the club he loves.

1. Danny Brough

No doubt the most controversial selection on this list, Brough’s decision to hang up his boots may rest on Huddersfield’s ability to stay up this season.

The 35-year old has had many highs and lows in his career but will need to be at his very best if he is to steer the Giants to Super League safety.

With the appointment of Simon Woolford as their new coach, things could very well turn round for the Yorkshire side, and it would be hard to imagine a top division without them.

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Nevertheless, they sit bottom of Super League and have looked very out-of-sorts this year, as they did for large parts of 2017 too.

If the Giants were to go down, it would be hard to imagine the Giants high earners- the likes of Danny Brough, Jake Mamo and Seb Ikahihifo- sticking around in the Championship.

Brough has the passion and drive that may suit a coaching role at a club of his choosing.

He may well favour this option over another 12 months in the Betfred Championship, given where he is at in his career.

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