Hull KR hooker Tommy Lee has retired from rugby league after almost 15 years playing in Super League.

The 31-year-old made his top-flight debut with the Robins’ city rivals Hull FC aged just 17 in 2005.

He went on to feature for Crusaders, Wakefield, Huddersfield, London Broncos, Salford and St Helens before returning to Hull with Rovers in 2018.

“Physically I’ve been struggling with niggles. I feel I can’t perform each day like I would like to,” Lee said.

Talking to the club website, he continued: “I feel that it’s the right time to call it a day. I have played for almost 15 years at the top level and I’m very proud of that.”

The last of Lee’s 222 appearances in Super League came in June against former club, and Rovers’ relegation rivals, London Broncos.

In 18 months with the club, Lee played 37 games and helped them retain their top-flight status last season.

Lee featured just twice under head coach Tony Smith, who took over from Tim Sheens on 6 June.

His retirement also leaves the club without a recognised hooker, with injured Matt Parcell potentially out for the remainder of the season, leaving back-rower Danny Addy and versatile half-back Chris Atkin to fill in.

“I’d like to thank him for his time he has given to the club,” Smith said.

“He has had a career that he can be proud of and he will be successful in whatever the future holds.”

Despite playing for their bitter rivals, Hull FC also paid tribute to their former hooker with a message on social media.

Hull FC tribute to former player Tommy Lee