Injury forces St Helens prop to retire at just 23

Shaun Magennis

You expect retirement to occur for any rugby league player at around the age of 30 at the very least, but unfortunately, for St Helens forward Shaun Magennis, he has had to announce his retirement from rugby league at just 23, due to a persistent knee injury.

Magennis, who played in 33 games for the club since joining them in 2008 knew that this day was coming, given the trouble that his knee has caused him since his late teens.

“My knee has been bad for a few years now, since I was 17 really,” he said.

“It was getting worse and worse and I kept having surgery on it.

“It came to a point last year when I couldn’t train fully and I stopped looking forward to training as my knee was that sore.

“I spoke to my surgeon and he said he could do an operation so I could get on with the rest of my life. In the end I chose that and now I have to move on.”

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