Sheffield Eagles and former Dons player retires to coach Owlerton club

Peter Green will join Mark Aston's coaching staff

Peter Green will join Mark Aston's coaching staff

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Sheffield Eagles have confirmed that stalwart forward Peter Green has retired from professional rugby league.

Green joined the Eagles in 2009, moving across South Yorkshire from Doncaster.

He went on to establish himself as a key player in Mark Aston’s line-up as they recorded back-to-back Championship titles in 2012 and 2013.

He will now join Aston, Keith Senior and David Larder on the Sheffield coaching staff, and Aston says he is delighted Green has decided to stay at the club in a mentoring capacity.

He said: “Peter Green has been one of the best servants to this club. He’s been an inspiration both on and off the field and a big part of our success.

“He’s been a tough, hard-working, uncompromising player and a lot of people have perhaps understated his value to the club.

“He’s been great for us, but he’s honest and feels the time has come to call it a day.

“He’s going to come into the coaching structure and I want him to be part of that for the next 15 or 20 years.

“I think he has a massive amount to give back and I’m delighted he wants to do that here.”

It was also confirmed that prop Tom Lillycrop would be joining Batley, alongside centre Shaun Squires.

Ben Jones has been forced to retire through injury, whilst youngster Alex Palmer has joined Doncaster Toll Bar. Both Joe Hirst and Corey Hanson are continuing their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.

Aston says Lillycrop was offered a deal, but decided to move on.

“With the signings we have made, Tom thought he might not be guaranteed a first-team place.

“He has joined Batley and he goes with our blessings. He’s a good lad and has gone about his business very professionally, so we thank him for that.”