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Bradford Bulls' Ben Jeffries to leave at the end of the season.
Bradford Bulls half back Ben Jeffries has announced he is to retire from full time Rugby League and return to Australia.
The 31-year-old, who is in his second spell with the Bulls, has made 85 appearances for the club, scoring 23 tries.
Jeffries, who will return to the Newcastle district in Australia and has got a job working in the Mines, said today: "I’ll be playing for Kurri Kurri Bulldogs, which is more of a local competition but is pretty much classed as the best competition in New South Wales below the NRL and the Under-20s.
"Through that I’ve been offered me a job in the mines, which allows me to earn the same sort of money I earn now for the rest of my working life if I want to stay in that industry. It’s a no-brainer really.
"I don’t know what my exact role will be just yet but I’ll be working in the mining industry and I know that when I get there I can diverse into certain categories of mining – I can be open-cut or underground.
"Coal mining is a massive industry in Australia and people are queuing up to get into that line of work, so I’m grateful to have landed this job."
Bulls Coach Mick Potter paid tribute to Jeffries: "He is the longest serving overseas player in the British game and has given great service to both the Bulls and the [Wakefield] Wildcats.
"I would like to thank him for what he has done for the club and wish him and his family every success in the future.”