Robbie's last stand
One last hoorah for Hunter-Paul
Last Updated: September 22, 2011 8:30am
Boots 'n' All caught up with Robbie Hunter-Paul as he plans one final act before drawing the curtain on a glittering career.
"From a personal perspective I hope it goes to plan as possible. That is going to take rolling the sleeves up and doing some hard work. And nobody in rugby league is scared on hard work.""
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Hunter-Paul has been one of the super stars of the game since Super League began in 1996. He was a Bradford Bulls super star as they took the league by storm when it started 16 seasons ago.
These days he is plying his trade with Leigh Centurions and is looking for one more Grand Final medal in the Championship.
"This could be my last professional game and that puts a little bit of added pressure onto you," said Hunter-Paul on Boots.
"But as a player I have been able to enjoy that pressure. From a personal perspective I hope it goes to plan as possible. That is going to take rolling the sleeves up and doing some hard work. And nobody in rugby league is scared on hard work."
In search of more silver
His career could come to a glittering end on Thursday night if the Centurions go out of the Championship play-offs but he is hoping there is more glory to come.
Hunter-Paul has won four Super League titles as well as a Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge winner. He has also tasted success in the Championship with Salford. But after 17 years his body is beginning to hint that maybe it's time to take that final curtain call.
"If I was able to convince the RFL just to play one game every three weeks then I think I could play on for a few more seasons," laughed Hunter-Paul.
"My recovery time is slowing down very quickly and I think that is when your body tells you that maybe you have had enough. I don't think you are ever ready to retire from playing the sport. To a lot of extents it will be your decision to walk away from the game but really the intensity of the sport retires you.
"I'm 35 years old; I have had a great knock and have really enjoyed myself. I hope I have got two more games left in me."