CHRIS Flannery, the popular Saints utility forward, 32, has hung up his boots following a successful career which saw him win countless honours.
His final appearance as a professional rugby league player during last week’s semi-final defeat to Warrington was his 137th for St Helens, and his 268th as a top-grade player.
“It’s been a great career and I have enjoyed every minute of it,” Flannery told Saints’ official club website. “It has been a good ride.”
Flannery joined Saints in 2007 from Sydney Roosters where he played 121 games for the club, making 10 State of Origin appearances.
Brought inas a back-rower, Flannery showed his value to the team by filling in on numerous occasions at centre.
He said: “I felt comfortable at centre but, of course, I would have liked to have finished off in the back-row.
“It’s been a whirlwind season for sure.
“We lost our coach and then Rushie and KC came in and did a great job. At the end we were 40 minutes away from Old Trafford.