Sunday’s play-off between North Wales Crusaders and Doncaster will be Warren Thompson’s last home match for the club, with the prop forward hanging up his boots at the end of the season.

Thompson joined Crusaders in 2017 and has made 72 appearances over the last couple of seasons, picking up a number of club awards for his performances. 

A product of Super League club St Helens, the prop had a spell with Rochdale Hornets before his move to North Wales. 

On his retirement, Thompson said: “I’ve got more work and personal commitments so it was the right time.

“Since I’ve been at North Wales, it’s got better and better each year and I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club.

“The highlight has definitely been this season as everyone wrote us off and we’ve already achieved so much with promotion still up for grabs.

“It’s our final home match on Sunday and I’m hoping myself and Karl Ashall will be able to go out with a bang.”

Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray added: “I know before I’ve written out my team that Woz is going to be in it. 

“He’s a quiet fella, but he goes about his business to the highest standard and is a good professional. 

“He’s made a reputation for himself across the Championship and League 1 for being a real workhorse. 

“He’s a really good bloke as well, works hard for the team and is very honest. 

“He’s helped the young forwards we’ve had coming through at the club and has always led by example. 

“He’s another player who’s showed myself and the rest of the coaching nothing but support since we’ve been in charge.”

You can get behind Thompson and the rest of the squad in the play-offs at Stadiwm ZipWorld this Sunday. 

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