Wakefield Wildcats forward Glenn Morrison has announced his retirement after suffering a freak shoulder injury in the first week of pre-season training.
The 35-year-old Australian back rower signed a new contract for 2012 only last month while embarking at the same time on a coaching career with the Wildcats but has now been forced to hang up his boots.
Medical experts have confirmed the former Balmain Tigers, North Sydney, North Queensland, Parramatta and Bradford Bulls star, suffered a labral tear in his left shoulder as well as major damage to the joint capsule and bone damage that will need repair by taking bone from his hip.
“I’m still pretty shattered by what’s happened and it hasn’t really sunk in that I won’t be playing any more,” he said. “When I signed the new deal recently I still felt I had a good year or two in me.
“But I’ve had a great time over 16 seasons and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“I want to thank all the coaches, players, fans and family that have helped me throughout my career.”