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Salford's Martin Offiah
"Never say never but it's the natural conclusion to finish this year"
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Sunday, 1 July, 2001, 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK
Overjoyed Offiah drops quit hint
Martin Offiah, London Broncos, 1999 Challenge Cup Final v Leeds
Offiah flies down the wing for London in 1999
Martin Offiah says he is contemplating retirement after notching up his 500th try in Salford's win over London.

"My contract runs out at the end of the season and I am starting to get into other things," he said.


I was overjoyed.... it is not the best year I have had for scoring tries, but two points were more important
  Martin Offiah

"So maybe this is the right time to retire - but never say never."

Reds ace Offiah grabbed a brace to pass the 500-try milestone five minutes before half-time at the Valley.

His tries helped Salford run out comfortable 37-14 winners.

Only Brian Bevan (796) and Billy Boston (571) have scored more tries in the British game than the former Great Britain flier.

Offiah declared: "I was overjoyed. It is not the best year I have had for scoring tries, but two points were more important."

He has reached the 500-mark despite the Rugby Football League refusing to count the 20 tries he scored while playing for Australian clubs.

Immediate impact

The 35-year-old, capped 33 times for Great Britain, is now in the closing stages of a tremendous career.

He made his professional debut for Widnes in 1987 and immediately made an impact with 42 tries in his first season.

The following year he ran in 58 in 41 games and went on to score 181 tries in his four seasons with Widnes.

Offiah then moved to Wigan, where he notched 53 tries in 1994-95.

Four seasons with the London Broncos followed before he joined Salford last year, scoring 16 tries in his first campaign with the Reds.

Offiah also scored 26 tries for Great Britain, and a total of 55 in the 52 representative games he played for various teams.

His honours include four Challenge Cups, seven Premiership final wins, and two triumphs in the World Club Challenge.

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