LEIGH Centurions star Micky Higham will be hanging up his boots at the end of the season after a career spanning 20 years.

The veteran hooker, who made his debut for Leigh in 1999, has clocked up more than 500 appearances and won the Challenge Cup with Warrington Wolves in 2010.

The 38-year-old also played four times each for Great Britain and England.

He first announced he was retiring from playing in November 2017 but returned to the field three months later after a number of injuries at Leigh.

Higham, who also played for St Helens and Wigan Warriors, said on Twitter: "Well the time has come to call an end to my playing career.

"To be able to live my dream for 20 years and now finish on my terms is something I could not have dreamed of.

"Had the privilege to play for some great clubs and great players and play for my country. And met some friends for life.

"But at the end of the season is the right time to start my next chapter in life.

"Loved every minute of it, well nearly every minute, but all good things come to an end."

Higham will be fighting to get his side back into the Super League, starting with the first play-off match against Featherstone Rovers at home on Sunday at 6.30pm.

"Hope I can have a fairytale finish with Leigh this year in the play-offs. But regardless had a blast," he added.

Higham also paid tribute to his family for supporting him through thick and thin.

He said: "Massive thanks to my wife for putting up with me through the highs and lows, she's been a rock.

"And thanks to my two boys Harry and Alex for supporting me and being my number one fans.

"So here's to the next 20 years, thanks everyone for your support."