A player knows when the time is right to close the curtains on their career, and for French stalwart Julien Rinaldo, now is that time – with the veteran to play his final Super League game for the London Broncos, before retiring for good.
Rinaldi, who began his career at his local home-town club Villeneuve Leopards, before stints at Catalans Dragons, Harlequins RL, Wakefield and the Bradford Bulls.
Playing in 18 games so far this season, Rinaldi plans to use his retirement as a chance to see family members in France and Australia.
“I started thinking about retiring when I was struggling with an ankle injury earlier in the season. I managed to come back from that but it’s been a long time now I’ve been playing professionally and my body is telling me that it’s time to stop.
“It’s been a hard decision to make. There’s a really good group of people at the Broncos but I wanted to do the right thing by the club and myself.
“I’ve enjoyed every club I’ve played at during my career and made so many friends. That’s what I’m going to miss the most, and that’s the hardest part, but I’m looking forward to moving on and spending more time with my family in France and Australia.
“I’ll definitely be keeping in touch with many of the lads here and when they’re starting pre season in the snow I might send them some pictures of myself on the beach in Australia!
“I’d like to thank everyone at the Broncos including the supporters that have stuck with us through a tough season.”
Tony Rae, the London Broncos coach, whilst sad to see Rinaldi go, has praised the influence that the veteran has had on the team and the players, both on and off the field.
“He’s a terrific man and a terrific player. It’s easy to tell he is French, like a good Red he just keeps on getting better with age. We all look forward to his last contribution on the field; it will be his best as usual.”
Everyone at London Broncos would like to thank Julien for his outstanding contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future.”