St Helens legend Paul Wellens has announced his retirement from rugby league.
The 35-year-old cited an ongoing hip problem as part of his decision to hang up his boots after 495 appearances and more than 1000 points during a trophy-laden 17 years at St Helens.
In that time he won every major domestic honour and capped off a fine career by captaining his side to Grand Final glory last season.
He will now join former team-mates Keiron Cunningham and Sean Long on the St Helens coaching staff.
In a press conference at the club's Langtree Park home Wellens said:
Wellens made his debut for his home-town club in 1998 and was quickly recognised for his strength and versatility.
He made a substitute appearance in the 1999 Grand Final victory over the Bradford Bulls, his first of 10 Grand Final bows.
He would go on to win 5 of them as well as 5 Challenge Cups and 2 World Club Challenges.
Perhaps the pinnacle of it all came late in his career as Wellens guided his side to victory in the 2014 Grand Final with a win over Wigan Warriors.
Players and staff paid their own tributes to Wellens' service.
Head coach and former team-mate Keiron Cunningham said:
Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: