A career in the fire service beckons for former Leeds Rhinos forward Ryan Bailey after he announced his retirement from rugby league.

Six-time Grand Final winner Bailey retires to become firefighter

Six-time Super League Grand Final winner Ryan Bailey has announced his retirement from rugby league and he intends to become a firefighter.

The former Leeds Rhinos and England forward also won two League Leaders' Shields, the Challenge Cup and three World Club Challenges during a 17-year career that included 362 appearances.

Bailey had stints at Hull KR, Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves in the top flight after leaving Leeds and is now planning a new career in the emergency services.

"I just wanted to retire on my terms. I don't want to carry on playing for the wrong reasons, I've had a good career and want to finish with those happy memories, not on a low," said Bailey.

"I set some goals when I was 18 to play five Super League games. I ended up with around 300 and a lot of trophies. I've been lucky with injuries and maintained my fitness. Off the pitch, I've had ups and downs but I've come through it stronger.

"I still feel fresh and that's why I'm joining the fire service. It's a team environment with a good bond and will help keep my fitness while contributing to the community. I start training in March and hopefully get out on the road in June time."

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