FORMER Wolves prop Ashton Sims has announced that he will be retiring from rugby league at the end of the season.

The 34-year old forward, known for his recognisable flowing hair, made his debut for St George Illawarra Dragons in 2003 and has gone on to make over 350 career appearances.

After making 90 appearances in his three-year spell with Warrington and scoring seven tries, the former Fiji international left the club to join Toronto Wolfpack in 2018.

But he has now revealed that this season will be his last, and he took to Twitter to make public his decision.

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In the social media post, he said: “Humbled, underserving and grateful are the words that come to mind when I reflect on 17 years of professional rugby league.

“To St George Illawarra, Brisbane, Nth Qld, Warrington, Toronto and Fiji Bati, you have helped turn me into the man I am today, words can’t describe the sense of pride I feel when I reflect on the times I wore your and your fans badge.

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“To all the teammates and backroom staff, you’ve all made an impact in my life and I’ve got so much respect for each of you.

“I’m not the perfect person but I’m striving to be everyday for you guys. If ‘Ive inspired just one kid to play Rugby League. I’m a happy man.”

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Celebrating with Gidley

His former Wire teammates were quick to respond to his decision and wish him well for the future.

Gareth O’Brien said: “Absolute pleasure to have played with you at two different clubs at that. I’d give you the senior pony tail title but also one of the worst dress senses I’ve come across in my time playing the game.”

Micky Higham added: “Had the pleasure of playing a few games with you and been awesome over here for our game. Glad to call you a mate too and grab a beer when we are over in a few weeks.”

Jon Clarke also commented: “Just want to pass on my congratulations on a career to be proud of mate. You drained every last drop of energy you had every time you trained and played and that takes some doing day in day out. You made my job easy mate and I hope you enjoy your retirement.”