RUGBY league legend Jeff Grayshon MBE, who made over 750 appearances for the likes of Bradford Northern, Leeds and Dewsbury, has passed away at the age of 72.

It is understood the former Bradford captain had been diagnosed with Covid-19 before his death on Sunday.

The former Great Britain and England international had a storied career lasting a quarter of a century at the highest level.

Grayshon will be mostly remembered by Bradfordians for the back-to-back Division One titles and Regal Trophy lift from 1979-1981.

Born in Spen Valley, he began his journey at Dewsbury and was part of the eighth-placed side who shocked favourites Leeds in the 1973 Championship final.

During eight years at the club, the forward represented his country at the 1975 World Cup, playing in five out of the eight games as England were narrowly pipped to the trophy by Australia.

Grayshon would move to the other side of the globe two years later, featuring eight times for Cronulla after a stunning 237 appearances for the Rams.

Then came his extraordinary six-year spell at Odsal where he played under Peter Fox in a team who created history, capturing the club's first league honours.

The versatile player even followed Fox across to rivals Leeds in 1985. Their success could not be replicated though and a move back to Bradford came after the coach was sacked in 1987.

Although his return only produced a mid-table finish, the 38-year-old did get the opportunity to play with son Paul and achieve another double century in the appearances department.

In total, he played 221 matches and scored 102 points with his 34 tries for Northern.

Grayshon and Fox would reunite for a third time at Featherstone with the veteran entering his forties and lining up against Paul this time.

In 1991, a final move to Batley occurred where Grayshon featured as player and coach over four seasons before hanging the boots up at the grand old age of 45.

His 776 professional showings ranks him an amazing fourth on the all-time appearance makers list.

His achievements were marked when he was awarded an MBE for his services to the sport in 1992.

Nigel Wood told Bulls' website: "We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Jeff, who enjoyed such a long, distinguished career in the sport.

"He represented this club with pride like he did wherever he went - he will go down a true Rugby League legend.  

"The thoughts and condolences from everyone at the Bradford Bulls are with Jeff's family and friends at this difficult time."